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Avoid the traffic jams this holiday weekend

Posted at 5:47 AM, Sep 01, 2016

Labor Day weekend travel is upon us. That means extra people clogging up the roadways, and it won't end when the weekends over.

Labor Day marks the beginning of the school year for many, so your morning and afternoon commutes will be having a few more visitors you have been missing for the last three months.

Although avoiding traffic jams altogether is pretty much impossible, there are a few things you can do to try and avoid them (or at least not be the cause of them!)

Studies show that constantly changing lanes is not only dangerous but it actually doesn't get you to your destination any faster than just staying in the same lane the whole way.

Slower traffic is supposed to stay on the right. There are signs all over the highway but it tends to be a loosely followed rule. Slower cars on the left clog everything up causing slow downs and back ups.

What about those traffic jams that seem to be caused by nothing? You expect to see and accident or construction but instead there's nothing there? Well some back ups are started by drivers who speed up and then hit their brakes. This causes a chain reaction for all the cars to follow. Instead, it's recommended that you you pace yourself and leave at least three feet between you and the car in front of you.

And what about those pesky merges? Instead of bunching up and not keying people in, go one at a time taking turns when the lane meets. It's called 'zippering' and it's not only polite, it's efficient!