8 Orlando Toyota tips for dealing with traffic

May 9th, 2018 by

Traffic is awful. There’s no other way to spin it – it’s a frustrating situation to be in regardless of where you’re headed or what you’re doing. Toyota of Orlando is here to help; we have 8 tips to help you keep your cool and retain your sanity when you’re hitting the road and it’s all taillights (we’re looking at you, I-4). Let’s get started!

Toyota of Orlando’s top tips for beating traffic

Tip #1: Accept it. Our first Orlando Toyota tip is pretty simple, right? Traffic is awful; we’ve established this. But it’s difficult to do anything about it unless you have an alternate route (and we’ll get to that). Control your annoyance and try to accept that you’re stuck in traffic and you’ll eventually get to where you need to go… but until then, you need to keep your cool.

Tip #2: Know your way around or use navigation. Tons of our Orlando Toyota cars come with navigation technology in them, and they can help you find an alternate route to your final destination that may help you save time. Familiarize yourself with that route if it’s one that could help speed up your daily commute. It’s also smart to check traffic before you leave the house – if it’s bad, you know to head straight to your alternate route.

Tip #3: Get comfortable. If you know you’re going to be heading home in rush hour, be prepared. Make sure you’re wearing something relatively comfortable and get your car cool inside before you hit the highway. You might also want to bring snacks and a drink, and be sure to use the bathroom before you get into the driver’s seat.

Tip #4: Don’t think about the traffic. Make playlists with calming music, learn a new language, or invest in an audiobook. Distracting yourself from the situation at hand can help quell your frustration quickly. You can also use the hands-free Bluetooth tools in so many of our Orlando Toyota cars to make a call and catch up with an old friend.

Tip #5: Be polite. Driving like a maniac isn’t going to make traffic better – in fact, you’re really just gearing yourself up to get in a collision and cause even more traffic and delays. Follow the rules of the road and avoid aggressive driving behaviors like tailgating, speeding, weaving in and out of lanes, and cutting people off.

Make sure your car is fueled up and ready to hit the road

Tip #6: Fuel up beforehand. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a traffic jam watching the gas needle edge closer and closer to empty. Make sure you always have at least 1/4 tank of gas in your car for emergencies.

Tip #7: Stay focused. Yes, you should listen to soothing music or a good book to keep your mind off the traffic, but don’t forget to keep your eyes on the road and other drivers so you can react BEFORE a collision occurs instead of as it’s happening.

Tip #8: Plan ahead. Need to get off at the next exit? In heavy traffic, it’s best to start getting over sooner rather than later. That way you don’t need to cut people off and you don’t miss your exit because you just couldn’t get to it.

Want more tips, or want to check out the convenient technology in so many of our Orlando Toyota cars? Call us today at (407) 298-0001!