- Allow extra time and expect heavier traffic and delays. By adjusting your attitude to expect delays, even if you're not driving anywhere near the closure, you won't get as stressed out if you run into traffic.
- Plan ahead, carpool, use public transportation, or telecommute, if possible.
- Manage additional commuter stress by listening to books on tape, soothing music, and periodically practicing deep breathing.
- Limit distractions while driving, especially in heavy congestion. The temptation may be to text, call friends or loved ones from the vehicle. These actions will take your mind off the road, and the task of driving, and will likely compound an already difficult commute.
- Listen to the radio for traffic updates and pull up real-time traffic maps on your computer before you leave, so you can know what to expect and choose the route that is best for you.
- If you’re a bicyclist follow the same rules of the road as other road users, including riding in the same direction as traffic and following all traffic signs and signals.
- If you’re a pedestrian, walk with caution, follow all traffic laws, and make eye contact with drivers to ensure that you’re seen.