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Driving and Construction

31 Jul Blog | Comments

Driving and construction go hand in hand, whether we like it or not. In order to drive in the most efficient manner roads are built. As those roads are driven on they start to fall apart and have to be fixed. That is when the construction comes into the picture.

Depending on what part of the country you live in will depend on whether you see construction all year round or during more focused times of the year. For example, if you live in a part of the country that gets snow you are going to see less construction in that timeframe. The trade-off for that is that during the months where there is not snow you tend to see a whole lot more construction.

Driving in construction is no fun for any, but is particularly difficult for anyone driving in an area that they don’t know. Having to follow a detour because a road is closed can make getting to your destination awful lot more difficult, especially if you don’t know the area. If you do know the area, it can be extremely inconvenient if it is a route you take on a normal basis and now have to find an alternative route.

Driving and construction zones are also a safety concern. Most construction zones have a lower speed limit because there are construction workers out and about. It is important to be aware when you are in a construction zone and address your speed accordingly. If you do not heed the lower speed limits be prepared for a very steep speeding ticket, usually double the normal amount which can be in upwards of $150-$200.

Besides a speeding ticket it is important to note that the purpose of the lower speed limit is to give a person more reaction time. No one wants to injure or possibly kill a construction worker because they didn’t slow down in that construction zone.

Sometimes you get a warning about upcoming construction and can work on finding an alternative route before the construction begins. Another way to be aware of construction is to take advantage of the newest technology out there.

There are several phone apps that can alert you of not only construction, but also accidents that have occurred recently in the area you are driving. Knowing about construction beforehand allows you to get off the highway and go around it avoiding the traffic jam and sitting in the traffic jam for an extended period of time.

Being aware of construction while driving is also helpful for anyone on vacation. Some vacationers are driving 12 to 14 hours and getting stuck in construction could extend that drive considerably.

Driving is not an easy skill set to acquire and requires experience gained over time. Driving and construction zones are even more challenging requiring a person to be very good at driving defensively. Being a defensive driver helps a person be aware of what is coming up giving the person time to react appropriately and in the safest way possible.



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