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Must-Knows for Those with a Long Commute

Published on September 9th, 2019

The city of Chicago alone has a population of roughly 2.7 million people, so it’s not hard to imagine how stressful the daily commute can be. Chicago’s rush hour gives the phrase a whole new meaning, as pedestrians are eagerly leaving their office to get home and relax after a long day. For those who drive rather than taking public transportation, they are likely facing some traffic ahead.

Our injury lawyer in Libertyville knows that traffic often equates to accidents, ultimately resulting in injuries. Keep the following in mind to stay safe during your commute.

Leave Early

Rushing to work is always stressful, and the fear of being late may cause you to drive too aggressively. Make sure you are leaving early enough in the morning to get to work on time and be sure to factor in traffic and weather conditions into your travel time as well. It may mean setting the alarm 30 minutes earlier than you’re used to, but your safety should be your number one priority.

Never Drive Tired

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Driving estimates that there are 328,000 drowsy driving crashes every year. Don’t be part of this statistic! Make sure you are getting enough sleep before you get behind the wheel. If you feel too tired to drive, find another alternative to get to work such as public transportation.

Put the Phone Down

It’s tempting to grab your phone during a long commute, especially in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Illinois law prohibits using cellphones or other electronic communications devices while operating a car. Throw on your favorite podcast and pick up your phone once you’re safely parked at work.

If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact our injury lawyer in Libertyville today.

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