Do you want to avoid traffic jams on the road? We leave you three tricks that will help you

Summer is the time of year when there is more mobility of people. You want to go out to the countryside, the beach, visit places, go on vacation and make other trips that involve a greater volume of cars on the road, which translates into traffic jams that, sometimes, ends the nerves of the most temperate.

And it is that traffic jams are the enemies of holidays, time to go to the beach, exit operation, return operation, rush hours … It is estimated that in Spain a driver spends around an average of 18 hours a year in traffic jams. According to a study carried out by the INRIX Global Traffic ScorecardIn 2017, a driver in Madrid spent 42 hours a year in traffic jams; in Barcelona around 28 hours. Figures that are increasing.

Avoiding traffic jams is every driver’s dream. It must be borne in mind that not all roads have the same volume of traffic, that they are not jammed 24 hours a day and that, in addition, there is technology that also provides us with alternatives to avoid too crowded roads.

Here are three tricks that will help you have a relaxed trip, avoiding the long lines on the asphalt.

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Avoid going out at rush hour

In summer the rush hour is not necessarily 8 in the morning on a Monday, it can be perfectly 11 am or 4 pm. If possible, try to travel at night, it is not ideal due to the glare that in many people the headlights of cars that go in the opposite direction cause, but, if it is not your case, you will avoid traffic jams and heat. Going out just after eating is also usually a rush hour that, in addition, makes the traffic heavier because we are digesting, it is better to eat on the road, in a rest or service area before and above all, do the timely stops to stretch the legs.

Plan the trip

When we prepare a trip we usually take the road that takes us faster to our destination, but we do not think that others do the same with what at least we are all on the same road. In this sense, technology plays in our favor and applications such as GoogleMaps or Waze allow us to take alternative routes that do not have traffic jams.

Avoid the accordion effect

The accordion effect occurs when the traffic is dense and is directly related between the vehicle that reduces its speed and those that follow. There are several reasons for unexpected congestion: a large number of cars on the road, an accident, a damaged car, a sudden overtaking, unexpected lane changes, improperly joining a road, the presence of trucks high tonnage, the arrival at a toll or, also very frequent, the presence of radars, for example. In these cases there is a tendency to reduce speed abruptly, which makes the cars that follow look in these same conditions, to the point of having to stop and, thus, the accordion effect begins, a name that perfectly illustrates this type jam.

The driver who is affected by the accordion effect cannot act directly on the cause that caused it, but he can take certain measures to reduce or even eliminate it. To do this, it will suffice with:

  • Maintain a constant, slow speed, appropriate to the path of the road
  • Avoid sudden accelerations at all times when there is a gap between one car and another.
  • Driving in a relaxed way, paying attention to what happens beyond the vehicle in front of us to be able to adapt the speed without forcing the braking, which on the other hand will help to prevent accidents in general.
  • Maintain a safe distance between vehicles.
  • If we are going to reduce speed, it is good to tell the driver that he continues to turn on the brake light once or twice briefly so that he can also adjust the speed without having to brake abruptly.
  • Try not to stop the vehicle, especially in situations of very dense traffic, reducing speed as much as possible.

Finally, remember some of the recommendations given by the General Directorate of Traffic (@DGTes) when driving on the road: Respect the safety distance, speed, do not drink alcohol, do not consume drugs and make the necessary stops to rest and do not set goals or arrival times at destination.