How to Handle Construction Zones

Posted on by Defensive Driving | in Defensive Driving Tips

Ah, construction zones. You can’t live with them and you can’t live without them. It seems like they always appear when you are in a hurry or out late and are ready to get home. They can never seem to show up when you have no schedule to keep and don’t really care when you get home. Yes, they can be super frustrating. But, remember, when the road is freshly paved and the potholes are gone or you have an extra lane to drive on, you will be very happy for the job well done. Here are some simple tips to follow in a construction zone to help you stay safe.

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Don’t Speed

Construction zones have lower speed limits for a reason. The road conditions are usually less than ideal and there are workers and equipment nearby that you need to watch out for. Yes, slowing down to 15 miles per hour (or whatever the posted limit is) can seem extreme (heck, you car doesn’t even idle that slow!), but you better do it. Not only for your safety, but because the fine for speeding will be doubled if you get caught.

Leave Room Around You

You need to drive defensively in construction zones. It’s nothing new, but it’s definitely worth repeating. To do this, stay alert and ensure there is ample room all around you. Leave space between you and the car in front of you in case you need to brake at a moment’s notice. Make sure you are far away from any equipment or workers that you see. And finally, don’t get too close to the car in front of you when you come to a stop. That way, if you have to leave the line, you will be able to. A good rule of thumb to follow is to make sure you can see the bottom of the car’s tires.

Change Your Mindset

The best thing you can do when you enter a construction zone is simply succumb to the fact that you are going to be delayed. If you can realize this from the beginning it will save you a lot of frustration and anger. Remember, the work is for your benefit in the long run, and whomever you are going to see will understand why you are late.

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