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Driving Tips for Construction Season

September 12, 2015

Ah yes, it is the magical time of summer in Minnesota. Time to enjoy the MN State Fair or a last trip to the cabin. Maybe 18 holes of sunrise golf, or an evening picnic in your own backyard. However nice the weather is though, it is still construction season.  And this summer, we seem to have more than our fair share of road work.

Make use of these construction driving tips so you can spend more of your time enjoying the summertime rays and less of the summertime construction blues.

Check Google first (before you get into the car!)

Whether you’ve driven this route a thousand times before, it is a good idea to check Google Maps to see if  your route is taking longer than usual, or whether or not you need to select a new path to your destination. You can also check MNDOT’s site for road closures.

Give yourself extra time.

We speed and make poor decisions when we are hurried. Give yourself plenty of time this summer for the commute.

Obey construction speed limits.

Fines in construction zones are higher than on normal roadways. Err on the side of caution when it comes to speed in construction areas.

Minimize distractions.

No multitasking on the road! Staying free of distractions helps you stay alert; so turn down the radio, keep your eyes on the road, and your hands on the wheel.

Give yourself, and the next car, plenty of space

Giving yourself more space between your car and the one in front of you, gives you more time to react to changes in speed.

More construction driving tips at: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/wz/resources/fhwasa03012/

Be safe, be confident and happy driving!
-Midway Driving School
“Training designed for nervous adults”

Photo by CHEN Dairui on Unsplash

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