Summer is a busy time for road construction, and AAA reminds motorists to use caution when approaching and driving through work zones.
Check for planned work-zone delays and traffic advisories and allow extra travel time. Visit state department of transportation websites for the latest road travel information and to help plan alternative routes.
For the safety of drivers and construction workers, posted speed limits are often reduced in work zones. Most states double fines for speeding in work zones when workers are present.
As with any driving situation, minimize interior and exterior distractions. Obey directions from any police officer, firefighter or road-crew flagger and follow all posted work-zone advisories and signs. Temporary work-zone signs are commonly orange and diamond-shaped. Construction zones may contain unusual vehicles or machinery that can divert a driver’s attention, as well as traffic cones, barrels, flashing lights and concrete barriers.
Drivers should be prepared to stop, slow down, shift lanes, merge and yield to the movement of construction workers and equipment.
Motorists should not turn off their vehicles when stopped on the roadway unless they will be idling for a significant period of time.
Use the AAA TripTik Travel Planner to avoid construction projects and traffic on your road trips this summer.