New drivers often get stressed out about driving in rush hour traffic and it’s a fair reaction. So here are some tips to help you better navigate rush hour driving. If you think about it, rush hour traffic is nothing more than the roads being more densely populated with cars. This makes it slightly more challenging to change lanes because you have to make sure that other cars are going to let you in before making your maneuver. The first step would be to have your signal on indicating your intention to make a lane change. Give enough time for your signal to be noticed by other drivers and for them to react to it. Unfortunately because drivers tend to follow closely between one another during rush hour, they tend to go into tunnel vision and will sometimes forget to scan their surroundings to spot your signal. So don’t assume just because they are moving slowly that they’ve seen or care to react to your signal. If you don’t see another driver making it obvious (by slowing down a bit) for you to enter into their lane, don’t make the lane change. If traffic is moving at a crawling speed, the way you can make other driver’s lives easier is to maintain a good following distance from the vehicle in front of you (say 3 or 4 car lengths) and that will allow anyone thinking of doing a lane change to use the opportunity to do so. This is a much better tactic than following closely so the rear bumper of the vehicle in front of you. By following further back, when you approach an intersection, if the car in front of your ends up stopping just after the intersection due to traffic being backed up, you are not going to be stuck in the middle of the intersection because you left yourself enough room to now stay on the other side of the intersection and only proceeding when you know you can clear the intersection. Now when it comes to making turns at complex intersection during rush hour, I covered that in another video so be sure to check it out. Other than that, the next time you find yourself driving in rush hour, just scan your environment carefully, looking for pedestrians, other car’s signals, brake lights, etc. and you’ll find that it’s not much more different than any other type of driving environment. I hope you found this video useful. If you did feel free to comment, like, or subscribe to our videos on youtube. In addition, we offer an online video training course on our website at www.zula.ca. In that course we show you actual footage of us driving in rush hour traffic and how we spot issues before they become a problem. Be sure to check it out and I hope to see you in another video soon.