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How to Avoid Traffic Jams

Car Care Tips- How to avoid traffic jams

If you own a car or have ever driven on Long Island or the LIE, than you would agree that fewer things are more frustrating than being stuck in traffic. It’s hard on your car and your nerves, not to mention that it will make you late for whatever it is that you had planned. 

Traffic can be caused by a great number of things like inclement weather, car accidents, construction, stupidity, and about a million other things. Though it is sometimes impossible to avoid, there are steps you can take to lessen your chances of being stuck in a traffic jam. Here are some tips:

- Plan alternate routes. It is a good idea to have a few different routes mapped out when driving somewhere. At the first sign of a backup, you may have the opportunity to switch routes and avoid the issue.

- Adjust your work schedule. The average person works between 8am and 6pm. This also means that they all usually travel to and from work at the same time. If you plan on getting to work an hour early  and leaving an hour late, you will likely avoid the majority of the traffic.

- Listen to the radio. News stations on AM news stations tend to do traffic updates multiple times an hour and are usually pretty accurate. Keep updated and plan accordingly. This ties in with having multiple routes mapped out.

- Use technology. There are multiple aps  like Waze and Traffic Monitor that gives instant traffic updates. These aps will alert you of changing traffic patterns, traffic severity, and even where the police are hiding. They are great tools and can potentially wasted time and frustration of being stuck in traffic.

All though traffic is sometimes unavoidable there are steps you can take to be prepared and lessen your chances of being stuck in it. Follow these tips and plan ahead and you will notice that your time in the car will decrease dramatically.  Remember to drive smart and drive safe.

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