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Driving Safely in Construction Zones

It has been said that there are two seasons in Wisconsin: winter and road construction. After a long winter, we are finally approaching warmer weather. Although the warmer weather is nice, it leads to an increase of road construction. Road construction can make driving both more difficult and more dangerous, and unfortunately, every year, both construction workers and drivers are involved in accidents that occur in construction zones. When driving in construction zones, drivers should take extra safety measures to ensure their own safety as well as the safety of others. The following are some tips to help you drive safely in construction zones, therefore making the roadways safer for everyone.

  1.  Focus on the road.
    • Try to eliminate distractions while driving such as talking on the phone or eating as these activities divert your attention from the roadway, thus increasing the likelihood of an accident.
  2. Be prepared for the unexpected.
    • The speed limit might be lower, traffic lanes might be closed and people may be working near the road. Construction work can drastically change the normal appearance of the road, so it is best to expect the unexpected.
  3. Obey the speed limit.
    • The faster you are traveling, the longer it takes to stop.
    • It is also important that you drive the appropriate speed for weather conditions.
  4.  Give yourself and the other vehicles on the road space.
    • Avoid tailgating other vehicles.
  5. Be patient and plan ahead.
    • Leave early or choose a different route to get to your destination. To get information about the traffic you can check 511 Wisconsin Travel Information.
    • Planning ahead helps to ensure that you will not be in a rush if you encounter the unexpected.

By being extra careful and observant in construction zones, we can all help to make the roadways safer and avoid costly traffic tickets.