Drivers expect traffic during specific times of the day or night. We anticipate a high volume of cars traveling to and from work during the week. Holiday traffic, special event traffic, traffic due to road repair and the unfortunate car accident traffic. But, what about mystery road congestion?

“It is frustrating to be sitting in traffic. The weather is clear, no accident or work zones are ahead and suddenly cars begin to flow and you can’t figure out why they were stopped in the first place,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent auto insurance agency.

So, what is the cause of the baffling congestion? Bad driving habits are the culprits behind unexplained traffic jams. Yes drivers, we are to blame.

Fox13 News, spoke with Officer Roy Paz with the Tampa Police Department and he explains the top reasons for phantom traffic jams in Florida.

  1. Slow left-lane drivers. Don’t stay in the left lane if other drivers are passing you. Officer Paz explains, “The law says that a driver may not drive in the left lane if they know, or reasonably should know, that they are being overtaken by another vehicle traveling at a higher speed.” Slow left-lane driving is against the law in Florida as well as in most of the U.S.
  2. Tapping your brakes repeatedly. When drivers hit their brakes for no apparent reason, it causes the vehicles behind them to also hit their brakes, causing a chain reaction and slowing down traffic.
  3. Unnecessary lane changing. Drivers in a hurry frequently change lanes thinking it will get them to their destination faster. But actually, it doesn’t and only causes other drivers to slow down.

“Shedding bad driving habits will not only promote the flow of traffic, but keep you and other drivers safer,” says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s leading independent auto insurance agency.

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