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Follow these tips to drive safely in a traffic jam

Every day, people throughout the country spend time sitting in traffic. While this may not be something you want to do, there are times when you have no choice.

Unfortunately, there is more to traffic jams than what you see on the surface. In addition to sitting around and waiting, there is the chance that you could be involved in an accident.

There are several tips you can follow to drive safely in a traffic jam:

-- Avoid aggressive driving, even if others around you are behaving in this manner.

-- Keep a safe following distance, even if traffic is moving at a slow pace.

-- Watch what's happening in front of you. If you don't, you could end up causing a rear-end accident.

Along with the above, it's imperative that you always use your turn signals when changing lanes or merging. Remember, just because traffic is moving slowly doesn't mean you can do whatever you want in regards to changing lanes. You still need to alert others, as this lessens the chance of an accident.

All in all, the more time you spend driving in traffic, the better you'll understand what you should and should not be doing.

If you are involved in any type of accident, even a minor fender bender, don't hesitate to move your vehicle to safety and then call for an ambulance. You may not think you've been injured, but it's better to be safe than sorry. Assuming that you're fine is never a good idea, as this could lead to a more serious health concerns in the future. In addition, seeing a physician now to determine your injuries can help a personal injury case should you decide to file one against the at-fault driver.

Source: State Farm, "Driving Tips for Traffic Jams," accessed Nov. 21, 2016

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