Along with warmer temperatures and longer days, you can always tell that it is almost summer in Chicago by simply noticing the increased construction zones. Road improvement projects reach from the city to the suburbs and can make even the most patient commuters frustrated. However, construction zones can also make for dangerous road conditions and can increase your risk of getting into a car accident while on your way to your destination.
This summer, keep you and your passengers safe while traveling through construction zones. Here are a few safety tips to remember as you hit the road this season.
Put down the phone
While distracted driving is an epidemic that is dangerous in all seasons, the ante is raised even more during warmer months with the introduction of construction zones. Resist the urge to glance down at your traffic conditions app, to text your friend to let them know you will be late, or to call your coworker. Driving in a construction zone is no place for this type of multitasking and it puts yourself and others in danger.
Pay extra attention to your speed while driving through construction zones, whether actively being worked on or not. Even inactive construction zones can be full of driving hazards like large equipment, unfinished road surfaces, or tricky lane switches. Slow down and choose to be overly cautious in order to stay safe.
If you have the option, consider adjusting your route to avoid construction sites all together. The Illinois Department of Transportation offers regular road condition updates on their website that can help you plan a route with fewer sluggish construction zones.
Watch for others
While in a construction area, pay attention to not only your driving but also the driving of others. Large trucks and construction vehicles can make unexpected stops or turns, while frustrated drivers coping with cases of road rage can drive erratically. Keep your eyes peeled for other drivers on the road, giving extra space between you and these unpredictable drivers.
Prepare for an emergency
Finally, before you start your summer driving, assure that you are prepared in case an auto accident occurs during your trip. Update your insurance information and assure that you have a cell phone charger at the ready. It is also wise to keep certain phone numbers in your cell phone so that you are able to contact the appropriate people in case of emergency; consider adding your insurance agent or roadside assistance service to your contact list.
If you have been in an auto accident, whether it was due to a construction zone or not, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries or vehicle damage. The team at O’Brien Law has decades of experience working effectively with insurance companies to get the best possible outcome for all our clients. Give us a call to set up your consultation today.
Stay safe out there!