Now that summer is upon us, drivers will likely see dozens of construction projects popping up around their cities and highways. No matter the scope of the project, drivers will likely deal with traffic switches, lane merges, changing speeds and construction vehicles. Through all this, drivers must remain attentive and ready to react to sudden changes in driving patterns.
In general, the summer and fall months are often jam-packed with construction projects ranging from large-scale renovations to building entirely new roads or access ramps. When the work zone directly impacts drivers, however, people must remember numerous tips to reduce collisions, including:
- Follow all warning signals: Even though drivers might often take caution or warning signs as simply suggestions regarding traffic safety, it is crucial motorists follow the warnings in a work zone. From lanes merging and crossing traffic to pattern switches and construction trucks, warning signals are in place to alert drivers to dangerous conditions.
- Avoid all distractions: Drivers might be conditioned to avoid certain activities like texting or GPS menu manipulation while behind the wheel, but other actions can prove just as distracting. Dining and driving, for example, pulls a driver’s hands from the wheel and attention from the road. It is best to avoid all distractions while navigating a construction zone.
- Don’t tailgate: It is not uncommon for drivers to feel pressured and frustrated when navigating a construction zone. In these situations, it is not uncommon for drivers to become reckless by speeding, making unsafe lane changes or tailgating the car in front of them. In a construction zone, both options and visibility are limited. Drivers should increase their follow distance to allow for a cushion in which to avoid a serious collision.
Construction zones can be challenging, frustrating environments for drivers to navigate. Motorists can follow several tips to remain safe while behind the wheel and prevent serious vehicle collisions.