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Anticipating Traffic

"There is nothing worse than being stuck in traffic. Moving inches every few minutes and being parked on roadways, on top of pumping up your gas bill and causing needless C02 emissions from entering the atmosphere, it will drive you mad.

However, there is something you can do. By anticipating the flow of traffic and reacting accordingly you will not only protect yourself and your family on the road but also increase your fuel efficiency, reduce emissions, minimize the strain on your wallet and lessen your frustration!"

"The principle behind this tip calls on drivers to maintain the vehicle's momentum and avoid coming to a full stop unless absolutely necessary.

Without breaking any road regulations drivers can easily anticipate traffic and proactively manage their place within traffic to minimize slowdowns, red lights, and other interruptions.

Anticipating traffic also avoids hard braking, which is often followed by rapid acceleration. The number one rule is to leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you and to plan your manoeuvres well in advance.

Anticipating the flow of traffic not only reduces your fuel use but it will also save you money by limiting the additional wear and tear on your brakes and tires.

"Over the course of a year, the savings for fuel efficient drivers can range from 5% to over 25%."

Anticipate traffic and be proactive on the road because it pays to drive efficiently!