William E. Van Tassel: The average driver will spend 40 hours driving in traffic this year. While drivers commonly believe traffic is out of their control, how you drive around other vehicles can actually help prevent traffic congestion.
Here are a few tips to help prevent traffic jams or at least prevent them from getting worst. First; try to change your speed as little as possible. You want to maintain forward momentum and a constant pace rather than starting then stopping, starting then stopping.
Of course, you want to avoid aggravating the driver behind you, but try to avoid coming to a complete stop on the highway whenever you can. Also make sure you maintain plenty of room between you and the vehicle ahead.
Second; notice when traffic ahead is slowing as early as you can. That way you might be able to simply lift your foot off the accelerator to slow down just enough instead of having to apply the breaks to slow down more quickly.
Third; don't slow down more than you need to. Each time you slow down more than necessary, you have to accelerate even more to get back at your cruising speed. Don't decrease your safety or when possible look ahead far enough to avoid slowing down more than necessary.
Some drivers accomplish this by looking through the vehicle ahead. Do better gauge when traffic is about to slow down just ahead.
Let's face it, traffic is a real bummer. Looking and thinking ahead a bit can really make a difference in how much traffic you find yourself in. With just a little bit of effort, you can help reduce and even prevent traffic jams and everyone likes that.