How Has the Pandemic Changed Driving & Traffic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of people all over the world. Now that more and more people are getting vaccinated, more businesses are opening up, which naturally means more vehicles are on the road.

These developments have created constantly shifting traffic situations, which can leave many drivers vulnerable. Here are a few possible issues to be aware of, which may help you avoid accidents while driving.

Speeding Has Increased Across the Board

At the very start of the pandemic, the number of drivers on the road drastically plummeted. Some estimated there were 50% fewer vehicles, which resulted in more open highways and freeways. The remaining drivers picked up their speed as a result, and these habits have persisted even though the number of vehicles has increased.

Speeding increases accident risk, but it also increases the risk of a serious accident. Instead of minor fender benders, more people are finding themselves in serious collisions involving major vehicle damage and significant injuries. Accordingly, all drivers are encouraged to maintain reasonable speeds, while also being alert to drivers who aren’t following the rules.

More Drivers Have Taken to the Road

Many of the people who used public transportation to commute to work no longer feel comfortable doing so in the midst of the pandemic. Additionally, many cities have had to cut back on public transportation due to labor shortages. As a result, people who normally don’t commute to and from work are getting behind the wheel. Not only does this add to the number of cars on the road, it also increases accident risk, since these people are often less experienced when it comes to driving.

All drivers must follow the rules of the road to ensure a safe experience. That entails driving a reasonable speed for the conditions, paying attention to stop lights and traffic signs, and never using a mobile device while driving.

Frustrations Are High Now That Traffic Has Increased

An increase in traffic means an increase in road rage incidents. Road rage involves everything from obscene gestures and insults to actual violence against other drivers. Rates of road rage are particularly high in cities with high volumes of traffic, which can leave motorists in their vehicles for hours as they make their daily commutes.

If you’re frustrated by early morning traffic, try leaving your home earlier. And if you do find yourself gridlocked, stay calm and be courteous. Be respectful of other drivers and don’t immediately attribute malice to their actions. They will hopefully extend you the same courtesy.

Changes in traffic patterns can lead to more accidents, which means your vehicle might require body work ASAP. When you let Quanz Auto Care handle auto body repair, you can rest assured of fast, efficient service. We also strive to keep our rates affordable, because we believe our Albuquerque customers deserve quality service at a price they can afford.

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