With the warmer weather of spring and summer, Wisconsin roads see a lot more traffic — with a lot more road construction and road work. This is a prime occasion, then, for the Milwaukee car crash attorneys at Hupy and Abraham to remind the community of safety precautions for this busy season.
Road construction and repair work pose a challenge to safe driving skills in at least four important ways:
Roadwork can be a messy process. Sand, gravel, tar, and other foreign matter can end up on the highway.
- Degraded roads.
Uneven roadways, temporary shift lanes, and detours are the norm in construction zones.
- Workers in traffic lanes.
It’s not just flaggers directing traffic around an obstruction; a repair worker can easily wander away from a protected area and end up exposed to traffic. It’s essential for a safe driver to anticipate this possibility and practice active alertness to prevent a tragic Wisconsin traffic accident.
- Dangerous drivers.
Construction season seems to bring out the worst in other drivers. Some drivers get distracted looking at the ongoing repair work; others lose their tempers at traffic delays and drive aggressively on the highway. Still others will over-correct to avoid a construction hazard and end up colliding with another vehicle.
Driving safely in road construction zones
Three keywords will guide you through Wisconsin road repair season safely: alertness, patience and courtesy. While these three principles are always important to good driving, they become even more crucial in Wisconsin road construction zones.
• It’s important to watch out for the indications of upcoming construction and roadwork areas: warning signs, barricades, orange safety cones, and the presence road maintenance equipment and construction vehicles. However, sometimes construction zones are not adequately marked or can be easily overlooked after sunset. You'll want to be especially watchful in a known road repair zone, but an overall heightened level of alertness from spring through autumn is a great idea.
• It’s essential you devote all your attention to the roadway. Don’t use the slower traffic as an excuse to use distracting cell phones or other electronic equipment.
• When entering a repair zone, slow down. Don’t accelerate until the last minute and then try to force your way into a merged lane. Follow posted speed limits, but cut down speed when warranted by weather conditions or the flow of traffic.
• Expect traffic delays. Plan ahead for them, if possible, by giving yourself more time to get to your destination—but if an unexpected delay occurs, you must not ignore speed limits in an attempt to make up for lost time after leaving a construction zone.
• The sides of the road are not traffic lanes. Don’t drive on the shoulder, and don’t cross the median.
• The stress of the road repair zone will cause some drivers to lose their temper. Don’t give in to a “road rage” mentality; instead, show courtesy and deference to other vehicles in order to cool down the tempers of other drivers.
• Don’t tailgate. Always leave adequate braking room in front of your vehicle.
• Don’t change lanes in congested traffic.
Have you experienced a recent car crash in or near a Wisconsin construction zone or repair area? An experienced Milwaukee car crash attorney from Hupy and Abraham can be essential in figuring out what went wrong and who is to blame.
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