It’s summer, which means families are hopping in the car to drive to their favorite destinations. Before you head on your next road trip, or before you get in the car to drive to work, be sure you are brushed up on safety habits around construction zones.

Road construction is necessary to keep our interstates, highways, and neighborhood streets safe. After all, poor road conditions can lead to potholes or other damage that can quickly lead to vehicle crashes. However, road construction can also be frustrating for busy drivers who are in a hurry to reach their final destination. Here is what you need to know to stay safe this season.

Dangerous Conditions

The Federal Highway Administrationreports that in the past five years, more than 4,000 people have died in crashes in work zones. Nearly 200,000 people were injured in accidents in construction zones as well. Rear-end collisions are the most common in construction zones, and one of the most fatal times of year is the summer season (fall is also hazardous).

Slow Down

First things first, when traveling through a construction zone, slow down. Follow all marked speed limit signs and feel free to back off the gas pedal if the construction zone features working employees, lane shifts, or other hazards. Resist the urge to tailgate the person in front of you, choosing instead to take a deep breath and follow at a responsible distance to avoid any accidents.

Put the Phone Down

Distracted driving is already a major hazard, and you should never be on your phone while driving. However, take extra care to focus on the road ahead when driving in a construction zone.

Follow Instructions

If the construction zone has flaggers or other workers, be sure to follow their instructions. Slow down even more when asked and take special care to give roadside employees a wide berth.

You can choose to adopt good habits to stay safe in construction zones, but you could still be involved in an accident due to negligence on the part of another driver. If you are involved in an accident, be sure you work with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate your case and advocate for your rights.

Call the experienced team at MacCloskey, Kesler & Associatesto set up your free case evaluation.