State officials predict that the number of cars crossing the two bridges connecting Cape to the rest of Massachusetts on an average summer to increase by approximately 27% between now and 2040, according to Boston.com. Traffic and Cape Cod are synonymous, and with more vehicles expected on the road in the future, drivers can only expect increased traffic congestion.
While distraction tops the list of growing dangers on the road, studies show that long stretches of traffic jams have a significant impact on road safety. Waiting in traffic for hours causes not only delays but also increases the risk of crashes due to road rage. However, drivers can make roads safer by practicing safe driving habits.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Drunk driving accounts for 29% of road accidents in the US alone. This statistic indicates that drunk driving is probably the worst road dangers. The effects of driving under the influence include low concentration levels, reduced reaction time, and impaired vision. Drunk drivers are unable to stop, brake, or turn soon because they can’t react faster to changes on the road. As a result, they hit other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists.
Like any other road accident, drunk driving accidents cause pain and suffering, damage, and high medical expenses. For these reasons, most victims seek the services of a car accident attorney to file injury lawsuits. If by any chance you are responsible for causing an accident while driving under the influence, you stand to face legal charges and financial loss, as you will be required to compensate the victim for injuries and damages.
Tailgating is one of the most dangerous things people do when driving, apart from using their smartphones. New studies confirm that tailgating does not help reduce traffic jams, as many people believe. When drivers follow each other too closely, they only contribute to massive traffic congestion.
Additionally, tailgating increases the risk of road accidents because when you tailgate your reaction time reduces. If the driver in front decides to change speed, lanes, or slam on the brakes, it is impossible to avoid a rear-end collision. To avoid a possible crash, keep 2-3 seconds cushion between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Watch Out for Other Road Users
If you drive often, you are familiar with long stretches of traffic jams on Cape Cod roads. The situation worsens during the warm months because the number of pedestrians and cyclists on the streets and sidewalks tends to increase. It is essential to watch out for this group of road users, especially children who might not pay attention to traffic rules. Make sure you drive at the set speed limit and practice defensive driving tactics to enhance road safety.
It is tempting to drive in a hurry when you are running late, and that may lead to over-speeding and cutting lanes. To prevent road accidents may result from speeding, always plan your trip ahead of time and drive off early to avoid traffic congestion.