We have the “Things you wish the other driver could hear” thread about dumb and aggravating things other drivers do. After having to stop suddenly twice now in the same stretch of highway where I had to move quickly onto the shoulder to give myself room to stop, I decided we could use pro tips and unconventional tips to help all of us be better drivers.
I’ll start us off with this one: Learn your route. If you drive the same route frequently, such as going to and from work, learn the quirks of the route to you can avoid them.
For example, there’s an interstate highway that runs down to where I live. At one point, it makes a curve west. In the late afternoon, you’re staring at the setting sun once you make the turn. This particular curve also has an exit right afterward that is always busy, which backs up the traffic in that lane. Which causes the next lane over to slow down. Which causes the next lane over to slow also. Repeat for the two outer lanes. Five lanes of traffic, all affected by one exit. Right after the exit, traffic speeds back up a bit.
The pro-tip for this part of the route is move to the outer lane early so you don’t have to slow down as much.
Pro-tip corollary: If you don’t have to take that exit, stay out of that lane. Don’t contribute to the how slow traffic in that lane moves.