When major businesses close, their workers often see increased commute times. They still need to work, and they may need to travel to other towns or cities to get work, spending more time on the road.
Has this happened to you recently? Not only does this mean that you’re going to have less time with your family, but it may also mean that you are at greater risk of getting in a car accident.
Why is rush hour so dangerous?
You probably commute during rush hour, and the more time you spend in that type of traffic, the greater your risks. Remember, this is when traffic sees the highest levels, and the density of vehicles on the road is unparalleled. This can make for challenging driving, especially when those drivers feel tired on their way to work or after a long day.
This traffic density also means that things can quickly spiral out of control. Say that traffic comes to a halt near an on-ramp, and a driver doesn’t notice. They rear-end another car. This snarls up traffic, even more, leading to increased stress levels and road rage. Drivers may be impatient or drive aggressively or recklessly once they get past the accident site. Other drivers may cause secondary accidents as they stare at that first crash instead of watching the road.
Suffice to say, your new commute could be riskier for you if it’s longer than before, but you don’t really have a choice to avoid it. As such, the best thing you can do is to know how to drive safely and how to seek compensation when another driver makes a mistake and causes an accident.