Chicago has hit the headlines again for holding the most congested traffic bottlenecks in the country.
A stretch of The Kennedy Expressway (I-90) spanning 12 miles from the Circle Interchange (I-290) to Edens junction (I-94) in Chicago has been ranked as the worst “choke point” of the country, according to a recent study by the American Highway Users Alliance.
50 Most Congested Traffic Bottlenecks
The study identified the country’s 50 most congested traffic bottlenecks. The list includes two other areas in Chicago, including I-90 between the Stevenson Expressway and West Pershing Road and I-94 between the I-90 interchange and North Elston Avenue. Traffic congestion not only causes delays but many accidents and fatalities. You can take some steps to avoid traffic congestions and accidents.
Avoiding Car Accidents
- If possible, avoid driving during the hours between 6-10 a.m. in the morning and 4-7 p.m. in the evening. If you can travel before or after the rush hours, you should not have any problem reaching your home or office in a timely manner.
- Be patient and do not change lanes frequently. Some drivers try to beat the traffic by changing lanes or passing other vehicles. This may further aggravate the problem and may even cause minor collisions between motor vehicles.
- It may be tempting to break traffic rules, especially when you are already late. But remember that the consequences of breaking traffic rules could delay you further. Obey traffic lights and slow down when approaching an intersection.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs is a leading cause of traffic accidents in the United States. Do not drink and drive.
- Many rear-end collisions occur when one car follows another car without keeping a safe distance. Do not follow the car in front too closely. You may end up hitting the car in front, if the driver of that car suddenly stops.
- Do not use your cell phone, eat, apply makeup, or try to reach for items inside the car while driving. Distracted driving causes many accidents every day.
- Plan ahead and allot more time for driving during the winter or rainy season. Know that there could be delays due to snowfalls, wet roads, or other bad weather conditions.
- Pay attention to road signs while driving. For example, there could be a change in speed limit when driving through a construction zone.
- Watch out for potholes or any other obstructions in the road. Be attentive, so that you have enough time to avoid any such obstructions in the road.