Distracted Driving & Construction: How To Avoid A Car Accident

There is an old joke that says there are only two seasons in Canada, “Hockey and construction.” Whether you are a fan of our national sport or not, you can’t help but notice the road construction that springs up as soon as the weather starts to get warm. Driving through construction areas means you can’t afford to be distracted, and here are some suggestions for how to avoid a car accident.

How to Avoid a Car Accident Near Construction Zones

  1. Stay alert.

When driving through a construction zone, pay close attention to what is happening around you. Be sure to give yourself enough time to slow down and safely merge with other traffic.

2. Pay attention to the orange signs.

They will tell you what to expect as you drive through the construction zone. Keep watch for narrowing driving lanes, construction vehicles and workers on the road, as well as moving equipment.

3. Slow down.

It is not the safest idea to continue driving at the posted speed limit through a construction zone. Slowing down due to the construction activity or the volume of traffic is much better (and safer) choice.

4. Keep twice the following distance between your car and other vehicles.

The most common type of crash that occurs in a construction zone is a rear-end collision. Be prepared for vehicles in front of you to slow down or stop quickly.

5. Avoid distractions while driving.

Turn off or put away your cell phone if see a construction zone coming up. There are enough distractions in a work zone without adding technology in your vehicle into the mix.

6. Plan ahead.

If possible, try to alter your route to avoid driving through construction zones. If you must drive through a work zone, allow yourself some extra time and expect delays.

Have you or a loved one been hurt in an accident while driving through a construction zone and you believe it was someone else’s fault? Contact Conte Associates by calling 1-877-614-0008. Based in Whitby/Oshawa, Conte & Associates works with clients in Whitby, and in the following cities in Ontario: Oshawa, Ajax, Pickering, Clarington, Newcastle, Courtice, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Port Perry, Belleville, and Peterborough.

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