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Urban Driving: Congested Traffic

  • Traffic in urban areas can slow to a crawl when motor vehicle operators want to reach destinations in the same general area around the same time.
  • Traffic congestion on expressways and surface streets in urban areas is a fact of life, particularly during the morning and evening rush hours.
  • Congested Traffic: Strategies for Reducing Risk

  • Scan about two blocks ahead in urban traffic so that you can respond to traffic hazards ahead of you.
  • Maintain a three-second following distance in good conditions;
    • Increase your following distance to about six seconds when weather or other hazards are present.
    • A longer following distance will give you more time to react to hazards in congested traffic.

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