A new report from the Department of Transport states that Britain’s traffic levels are at an all-time high. Drivers now face some of the longest delays ever experienced on Britain’s roads. But what can you do when you’re stuck in a traffic jam? There’s a bunch of stuff you can do to keep calm and save fuel whilst you’re stuck in a jam.
It’s mind over matter
A lot of how you tackle a traffic jam has to do with how you approach it. A traffic jam is going to be a lot less pleasant to deal with if it automatically puts you in a bad mood. You have nothing to do for a few hours, so you may as well use the time wisely.
Call anyone waiting
Make sure you call anyone who might be waiting for you. From employers to family, friends and your kid’s school. It’s worth keeping your mobile charged up for this exact scenario, or to keep a charger in your vehicle for emergencies.
After you’ve been in a jam for a little while it can be tempting to take a nap or to take your eyes off the road. However, if traffic suddenly starts moving again you’re going to get a rude awakening.
Keep a book in your car
It can be worth keeping a book, puzzle or similar item in your car in case you do get caught in a traffic jam – especially if you travel a lot. If you’re on a journey with children, make sure you pack some stuff to keep them occupied, and a little extra in case of a jam.
Talk to other drivers
If you can’t see or find out about the source of the traffic jam (either online or via the radio) then wind down your windows and check with other drivers to see what they know.
Don’t exit your vehicle
It’s tempting, but don’t step out of your vehicle. You might be caught in gridlock but vehicles can begin moving again pretty quick and you don’t want to be dodging cars on the motorway. Not to mention, if you leave your vehicle unattended, it’s like an open invitation to nefarious individuals.
Keep hydrated and fed
Again, if you travel a lot it’s worth keeping supplies in your vehicle. If you’re stuck in a traffic jam, especially in the height of summer, make sure you keep hydrated. Likewise, a granola bar or other snack can go a long way in keeping you alert and stopping you getting, errr, hangry.
At the end of the day, a traffic jam is just part and parcel of driving on Britain’s roads. The best way to deal with a traffic jam is to make sure you’re prepared for one with some activities, food, and water to get you through. Remembering that a traffic jam will eventually pass is a great way to try to keep your spirits up as well.