Construction zone issues to watch out for on your next drive

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2022 | Personal Injury |

When you drive through busy areas and on highways in the summer and fall months, you’re bound to see construction teams hard at work. It’s frustrating in some ways, because you’re trying to get to your destination and may be met with slowdowns or single-lane merges that make it much harder to travel.

At the same time, construction has to be done when the conditions are right for it, so it’s helpful for you to plan for some delays and to be ready to handle construction zones when they approach.

What should you do to minimize the risk to yourself or others in construction zones?

The priority in a construction zone should be to stay alert. No matter at what speed you’re traveling, you absolutely have to be alert to your surroundings.

It is, of course, necessary to reduce your speed in a construction zone. You may see other vehicles speed past you if you can’t see construction workers on or around the roads, but don’t follow in their wake. Instead, reduce your speed and keep focused. There may be workers around that you don’t notice, or there could be road hazards ahead that you can maneuver around better if you’re not traveling at a high speed.

In construction zones, you should also look for all signage. Flashing lights may warn you about upcoming lane changes or hazards. A construction worker may be controlling traffic with a stop or slow sign.

Be ready to detour to stay safer during construction season

Although it might be frustrating, you should also be ready to detour when you’re approaching a construction zone. At least in your local area, you may know backroads or alternative routes to help you avoid construction zones. It’s valuable for you to take those instead, because you can help reduce the number of vehicles in the construction zone and make everyone in that area safer as a result.

These are a few things to consider as you drive during construction season. If you’re hit in a construction zone, know that you may be able to make a claim for any injuries you’ve suffered.