Is it a familiar feeling to be driving along a freeway travelling at the speed limit, when all of a sudden you slow down to a crawl and become part of Sydney’s biggest parking lot? This is a situation thousands of Sydney siders face on their daily commute for no apparent reason.
Most afternoons travelling west bound on the M4 motorway there is a bottle neck of traffic as you meet the M7 motorway along with many other major roads across Sydney. This doesn’t occur due to an accident or poor roads, but at an individual level and the issue could be dramatically improved with a better overall driving standard.
Yes, poor roads are a major factor in creating congested Sydney roads but other main causes include accidents, queuing across intersections, mobile phones, poor merging and road rage. The only factor outside of the driving population’s control is road quality and an improved standard of driving would dramatically improve the issues facing Sydney’s roads.
We have compiled the below tips, which every driver can apply to their driving immediately, which will create a significant improvement to both traffic, trip times and the safety of everyone commuting on Sydney roads. We also invite you to join in the conversation and share your thoughts and experiences by commenting on the post where we have shared this article via our Facebook page @Academy of Road Safety and one lucky person who shares their thoughts will also win 2 spots into our upcoming Defensive Driving course valued at $400.
Tip #1 – Reduce Accidents
Most mornings when listening to a traffic report on the radio while driving to work you will hear of an accident on a Sydney road which has caused major traffic delays for thousands of people. But how easily could this accident have been avoided? These are just average people who don’t intend on being involved in an accident. Now ask yourself, do you know what to do if faced by an emergency situation behind the wheel? Do you know what ABS is and how to use it? If you are unsure we strongly recommend completing a Defensive Driving course which will answer all of these questions for you and provide you with the necessary skills to give yourself the best chance at avoiding an accident.
Tip #2 – Avoid queuing across intersections
In the rush to get where you’re going, many people will drive across and sit in the middle of an intersection with heavy traffic in front of them, only for their light to go red. This then holds up many others trying to travel through the intersection. Be aware of this at traffic lights, regular intersections, round abouts and also side streets where oncoming traffic may be turning right.
Tip #3 – Mobile phone use
How often have you been queued up for 3 sets of lights in a row and then the person in front of you doesn’t go once the light is green? Traffic is definitely very boring however mobile phones only contribute to the issue by causing people to miss lights, drive under the speed limit and also increase accidents.
Tip #4 – Poor merging
Slow traffic at merges simply shouldn’t happen! It is also a cumulative effect where someone slowing down then continues to slow down traffic behind, whether that be braking to let someone in at a merge, to look at an accident on the side of the road or just being over cautious. With merging in light traffic, it is important to maintain your speed and merge right at the end of the merge. When merging in heavy traffic, get across early while the traffic is still flowing and get across into the other lanes and get up to the speed limit.
Tip #5 – Road Rage
Have you been faced by road rage? Statistics show that 85% of Sydney drivers have been on the receiving end of aggressive behaviour on the road, more commonly known as road rage. If faced by road rage don’t react or take your attention off the road, try to slow down and get away from the other driver. Always keep left unless overtaking, be courteous and avoid tailgating to limit any potential issues with other drivers.