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Navigating construction zones safely: A summer guide for Dallas drivers

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2024 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Driving through construction zones can be challenging, especially during the busy summer months. In a bustling area like the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, road work is expected as the city, county, state and federal authorities continually work to improve infrastructure. Here are seven troubleshooting safety tips to help drivers navigate through construction zones safely and efficiently.

What is the first thing I should do when approaching a construction zone?

The first thing you should do is slow down. Speed limits are often reduced in construction zones. Pay attention to signs indicating the speed limit and adhere to it to ensure your safety and the safety of the workers.

What should I do if there are workers present in the construction zone?

Be extra cautious when workers are present. Also, watch for heavy machinery. Remember, the workers might not always see you or assume you see them, so it’s your responsibility to watch for them.

How should I handle lane closures in construction zones?

Many defensive drivers think they should merge as soon as possible if they spot a sign for lane closures. However, the zipper merge, or late merge, uses all available lanes until reaching the merge point, where the drivers take turns efficiently merging into the open lane, like a zipper. This system reduces traffic congestion and is considered safer because it keeps traffic moving more smoothly through the merge point.

What if I’m not sure where to go in the construction zone?

Follow the signs and signals. Construction zones are usually well-marked with signs, cones, barrels, and barriers. If a flagger is present, follow their directions. If they encounter no signage or confusing signs, the driver may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.

How can I prepare for unexpected stops in construction zones?

Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you and prepare for sudden stops. Drivers can be unpredictable in construction zones, and maintaining a safe following distance can prevent rear-end collisions.

What should I do if construction is causing heavy traffic and delays?

If possible, plan your route in advance to avoid construction zones during peak traffic hours. Consider using a navigation app like Waze, which provides real-time traffic updates and alternative routes.

Other general tips for safe driving

Stay patient and stay alert. Construction zones can be frustrating, but remember that the work is necessary to maintain and improve the roads. Keep your focus on the road, avoid distractions, and be patient. By following these tips, you can contribute to a safer environment for everyone on the road.