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0 Comments | Apr 02, 2018

Tips for Navigating the Road Construction Season

We finally made it out of the winter months and that means we also find ourselves in the thick of everyone’s favorite time of the year: road construction season.

The colder months often ravage roadways by expanding, bending, cracking, and eventually eroding pavement. By the time Spring is in full bloom, commuters are rerouted and forced to sit in traffic. This is even truer on America’s more aged infrastructures.

While road construction can be a time-consuming nuisance, you can make your life easier by following these top tips:

Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you

In 2015, a work zone crash occurred once every 5.4 minutes and a majority of these were rear-end collisions. By slowing down to the work zone speed limit and keeping a safe distance between yourself and the car in front of you, you’ll have plenty of braking time.

Obey road construction signs

With the exception of Wyoming, every state has some form of enhanced penalty for committing work zone traffic violations. So do your wallet a favor and obey all road construction signs.

Merge as soon as you safely can

Instead of waiting until the last possible chance, try merging ahead of time. By doing so, you can help maintain traffic flow and reduce the odds of causing an accident. The time saved by merging at the last minute isn’t worth getting into a motor-vehicle crash.

Concentrate on the road

Navigating a construction zone is already difficult, so make sure you stay focused on the road ahead of you. Avoid being distracted by the road work, a passenger, your radio, or your cell phone.

Be patient

Road construction can test any commuter’s patience, but remember that delays are usually minor and the work is necessary to keeping the roadways safe.

By following these five tips for navigating the road construction season, you’ll ensure your trip is both safe and speedy. If nothing else, you can always use a navigation app and find an alternate route to your destination.

 

 

 

Source:

https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/resources/facts_stats/safety.htm

https://www.ghsa.org/state-laws/issues/work%20zones