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Buckle up for safety: Navigating road construction season

On Behalf of | May 6, 2024 | Construction accidents

The sight of orange cones and flashing lights heralds the arrival of road construction season. Improvements are essential for maintaining infrastructure. However, it’s crucial to acknowledge that they also present a significant risk for increased traffic accidents.

Therefore, if you’re a regular driver, it can help to explore the reasons why construction zones are hazardous and equip yourself with the knowledge and safe driving practices to navigate these areas without incident.

Why construction zones are dangerous

Several factors contribute to the heightened risk of accidents during road construction. The first is traffic flow disruptions. Lane closures, merge points and detours may create confusion and frustration for drivers. This can lead to sudden lane changes, speeding to get ahead and aggressive driving behaviors.

Construction season also significantly reduces motorists’ visibility along the roadways. Construction equipment, materials and workers can obstruct the driver’s view of the road ahead and oncoming traffic.

You know it’s construction season when you have to navigate uneven road surfaces. Uneven pavement, gravel and potholes can create a bumpy ride, making it difficult to control the vehicle, especially for motorcycles and bicycles.

Furthermore, the unfamiliar layout of the construction zone, combined with workers and flashing lights, can divert a driver’s attention away from the road.

Safety tips for drivers

Adopting a cautious and proactive approach can significantly reduce your risk of an accident in a construction zone. First, before you head out, check traffic reports for construction zones on your intended route. Consider alternative routes with less congestion if possible.

Secondly, slowing down when navigating a construction zone can make a world of difference. The posted speed limit in a construction zone is there for a reason. Reduce your speed even further if weather conditions are poor or visibility is limited.

Moreover, it’s crucial to be very careful when merging into traffic. Pay attention to merge signs and lane markings. Yield to any merging traffic and avoid last-minute lane changes.

Since construction activities are already a significant distraction, it can help to avoid multitasking while you’re behind the wheel. Put down your phone, avoid eating or drinking while driving and focus all your attention on the road. Additionally, remember to adjust the radio volume so you can hear traffic noises and construction warnings.

By following these safety tips and adopting a cautious mindset, you can navigate construction zones more safely and contribute to a smoother flow of traffic for everyone. However, it’s also important to remember that should you get involved in an accident during construction season despite your best efforts to remain safe, you can pursue compensation for your injuries from those responsible for your harm.