It doesn’t matter if you live in Las Vegas or are visiting from out of town, you’re aware of just how crowded the local roadways can become. This is particularly true of The Las Vegas Strip, with both locals and out-of-towners spending a lot of time on this stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard.

If you find yourself navigating heavy traffic in Las Vegas, here are a few things you can do to maintain your safety:

  • Pay attention: This should go without saying, but it’s even more important when navigating the roads in and around Las Vegas. In addition to heavy vehicular traffic, you also have to contend with flashing lights, pedestrians and plenty of other distractions off to the side of the road.
  • Follow the rules of the road: In heavy congestion, violating any traffic law greatly increases the risk of an accident. For example, don’t attempt to make an illegal turn or U-turn. Even if it looks possible, there’s a reason why it’s illegal.
  • Leave more space: When traffic is slow moving, you may assume it’s okay to drive a few inches behind the bumper in front of yours. Doing so leaves a very small margin of error, which increases the risk of a crash. Leave three seconds of space, even when traffic is at a standstill, so you have more time to quickly stop if necessary.
  • Don’t change lanes too often: Forget about searching for the lane that’s moving the fastest. Know where you need to be, establish yourself in traffic and stay there until it’s time to turn or exit.

As you’re doing all these things to maintain your safety, watch for other drivers who are putting you at risk.

Should a negligent driver cause a crash, call 911 to report the incident and request help at the scene. This will lead you to receive medical treatment, while also turning your attention toward filing an insurance claim.

You need to take steps to protect your legal rights, which means getting your vehicle fixed and seeking compensation for your injuries and other damages that will alter your financial circumstances.