Heavy Traffic in City Areas
When traffic is heavy, such as early morning or late afternoon rush hour, the lanes and spaces surrounding your vehicle are filled. This makes it more difficult to create a safe cushion of space around your vehicle. Sometimes traffic becomes so heavy that your car comes to a stop. This type of traffic is called gridlock.
It is very important to maintain a proper distance between vehicles in your front, side, and rear zones. This is even more critical—and more of a challenge—during heavy traffic. The space that you have the most control over is the zone ahead of you. In heavy traffic, maintain as large a space as you can.
If the gap is too large, other drivers will want to move into it, and this creates a new problem. Creating a cushion of space that is sufficiently large without tempting incursions on the part of the driver in an adjacent space is a complex driving task that all drivers face.
It is common on city streets for traffic to suddenly reduce to a crawl. Be extra vigilant when navigating through heavy traffic, and try to avoid being surprised when drivers ahead brake suddenly. If you are aware of the brake lights far ahead, you will know what to expect.