The country is likely to turn a corner soon with regards to the pandemic. For one thing, there are finally vaccines out there that can put the pandemic to a stop. For another thing, the recent change of administration means that there is more focus on testing and tracing than ever before in the US. This means that it’s likely that the pandemic could be coming to a close in the next few months, a turn of events that’s sure to overwhelm roads with traffic.
There is a lot of pent-up desire for road trips, vacations, trips to the water park and the like. If this summer sees a huge portion of the population vaccinated and ready to get back to business as usual, then roads are sure to be slammed full of traffic.
Dealing with Traffic
As these drivers that missed a year’s worth of trips hit the road, remember: many people haven’t been driving a lot for the past twelve months. The pandemic brought everything to a screeching halt, so now that people are hitting the road again, they’re sure to be a little rusty.
Consider giving people even more room than usual. Assume everyone is a worse driver than you and give yourself plenty of room to react to other cars on the road. This process, known as “defensive driving,” is the best (and really, only) way to avoid getting into traffic accidents when the people around you are driving erratically.
Avoiding Traffic Altogether
The best way to deal with heavy traffic is to avoid it outright. Consider taking routes that do not intersect with regions that are typically congested. Leave earlier so you avoid big crowds and rushes. If you’re taking a long trip, consider simply taking a plane there rather than driving to save yourself having to make a long, arduous journey by car.
Of course, all of this is considering that the pandemic comes to a close in the near future. Travelling for vacations, going to airports and hitting the beach are all less than ideal if the vaccination process is slower than anticipated. Some people might even choose to stay in for longer just to avoid the rushes of crowds right when the pandemic lets up!
No matter what you choose to do, just make sure you’re safe on the roads. And, until otherwise directed, make sure you keep following safe social distancing guidelines and mask protocols from the CDC.