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Safe-driving tips to avoid highway construction zone accidents

According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, our state contains more than 78,000 miles of roadway. But because of the weather patterns in our state, more specifically the presence of snow and ice in the winter months, this also means miles of roadways that need to be maintained by construction workers every year.

Highway construction zones are a common sight each summer here in Indiana. And while many drivers exercise considerable caution when entering these work zones, some drivers may not be as mindful. That's why, in this week's blog post, we wanted to highlight some safe-driving tips all drivers in Indiana should actively do in order to avoid a serious or even fatal motor vehicle accident.

Stay alert and pay attention. This is perhaps the most important tip for drivers to help avoid an accident. Pay close attention to signs or redirects so that you're not cutting over at the last minute to catch an exit or merging too late because you weren't paying attention to the fact that your lane was ending.

Maintain a safe driving distance. Driving too close to the person in front of you or too close to workers on the side of the road can spell trouble in a heartbeat. You may not have enough time to swerve out of the way if the person in front of you suddenly stops or you may clip a worker and cause them suffer a serious injury.

Slow down and take your time. Being in a rush is never a good idea in highway construction zones. Remember: the time you need to react and avoid an accident decreases the faster your vehicle is moving. This is especially problematic in work zones where traffic usually becomes denser, giving you little room to maneuver in if you want to avoid that accident.

Though we've only named a few tips, they may very well be the ones that make the difference between getting through a construction zone safely and ending up in a serious car accident. It's because of this that we hope our readers will keep these tips in mind the next time they travel through a highway work zone here in Indiana.

Source: Indiana Department of Transportation, "Work Zone Safety," Accessed Sept. 25, 2014

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