Avoiding and Dealing with Congestion
As the number of car increase on the road it is becoming more important to plan your journey so that you are not stuck in traffic. So here are a few pointers as to how to make the journey safer & less hassle. When planning the journey think about when you are travelling try to miss the busy times, carry a map in case you lose your way, how about a mobile phone (switched off but there for emergencies)
When driving try to use your hazard perception to avoid having to be delayed at simple problems on a long journey constant speeding up & slowing down will use up petrol try to keep at a constant speed. Make sure you use the proper lane discipline on dual carriageways & motorways. Do not hog the middle lane as this can cause problems for other road user.
Before going on a journey it is advisable to plan your journey. You need to think about the time of day you are travelling and what the weather could be. By planning you could make the journey easier and save yourself fuel and agravation
While driving keep an eye out for signs warning you of road works bad weather or breakdowns. While driving on motorways you will start to see a what is known as Active Traffic Management this involves the use of closed circuit television to monitor the flow of traffic, driver information panels to help control the flow of traffic, the use of the hard shoulder in cases of emergency and a new Highway Patrol Officer to patrol the motorways.
When driving in large cities you are likely to see Red Routes and congestion charges to help increase the flow of traffic & reduce unwanted congestion. The Red Routes are just like the normal yellow road markings but if you park on the red road markings then the fines are increased and you run the risk of being towed away and having your car impounded for at least 24 hours. Do not mix the red routes with the road safety red routes that do not have road markings but are signposted to remind drivers that they are on a road that has a high incident rate of accidents.
Also in the big cities you could find congestion charging which has been set up to reduce the number of cars using set areas by charging them for using these areas