Houston traffic can be brutal. This is especially true during rush hours as drivers head to work or back home to their families. Simply navigating around the metro area during peak times can add an hour or more to your commute each way.

Since you can’t eliminate the traffic, it’s prudent to learn how to remain safer in Houston’s rush hour traffic. The following tips may help local commuters:

  • Allow plenty of time. If you’re charging out the door 10 minutes behind schedule, you could be tempted to tailgate or break other traffic laws.
  • Pick a lane and stay there. Jockeying for position only to wind up stymied in a line of stopped cars is frustrating.
  • Learn alternate routes. Collisions that snarl the interstates are going to happen. Learn a couple of other routes you can take to avoid massive traffic jams.
  • Ditch the road rage. Not only is this uncivil behavior inappropriate, getting into a flip-off contest or shouting match with another Houston driver can end tragically if either driver is armed.

According to the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, 25 percent of accidents occur during rush hour. That means that if you’re a Houston commuter, you have an increased risk of getting into a wreck.

Sometimes, no matter how safe of a driver you are, an accident is unavoidable. In cases of collisions with at-fault drivers, you may be able to seek compensation for any injuries or property or other damages. The first step to recouping any financial losses is filing a legal claim for damages.

Source: Bolt Insurance, “Safety Tips for Driving During Rush Hour,” accessed June 15, 2018