As a driver, you need to be prepared for the worst, but the most frustrating part is trying to manage it.
While traffic can be overwhelming, you can mitigate the impact of traffic jams with a little planning and preparation.
Here are some tips for drivers to avoid the worst of traffic and maximize the safety of their commute.
Know where to go: The best way to avoid congestion is to know where you want to go.
While you can travel anywhere, knowing where you are and what you are doing will help you plan your trip in advance.
To help you figure out which direction to go, we created this interactive map that shows the most congested parts of Chicago.
The map shows the highest and lowest speeds, and indicates when the next peak-hour traffic will occur.
Don’t wait: The city has a notoriously slow commute, so be patient.
As long as you are at least an hour ahead of the traffic, you will be able to travel in the least congested directions.
Plan ahead: If you have to leave a job or school early, it’s important to plan ahead.
You can do so by checking your commute route to make sure your commute will end in the city before you leave.
Know your commute: If the city is going to be very busy, it is important to get a better idea of what the road will look like.
A map is a great way to do this, and we have created a tool to help you get an idea of the time it will take to get to your destination.
If you don’t have a map, we also have a free tool that shows you what time the roads will be congested.
Avoid rush hour: The busiest time of day is rush hour, but if you are heading to work in the morning or late at night, you may want to avoid rush hour altogether.
Avoid late-night traffic: If your commute ends before the sun comes up, you should consider getting home late at the latest.
If it’s a Saturday or Sunday, your commute may be longer than usual.
Take transit: The most important thing to do is to get home safely.
If possible, make sure you have transit, especially if you live far from major hubs.
Avoid a train: Train lines can be very congested and unpredictable.
Take your chances on the most convenient train that is in service, especially in the early morning.
Be prepared for long waits: There are some routes that will be very long for people who live far away.
If a train is delayed, it will be even longer for people in the same area.
Check your phone: Some people may find it difficult to use their phone while driving, but many people can manage it by checking their phone, especially during rush hour.
If the weather is bad, take a break: Weather conditions can cause delays in traffic.
If traffic is heavy and traffic jams are expected, take breaks.
Be mindful of your surroundings: If there are trees on the side of the road, or you see signs with words like “parking is limited,” or other warnings, take them down and avoid them.
Remember that the sun rises at different times of the day, so plan your commute accordingly.