Warm weather and pool parties aren’t the only things to expect once the summer months are upon us. For many, warm summer weather means an increase in traffic delays because of road construction. As there are over one million kilometres of roads in Canada, there are many opportunities for drivers to encounter roadwork and be forced to learn new habits when driving with construction. Whether it’s to repair potholes or adjust the street to better take on the influx of cars, it will require drivers to change how they’re driving.

Drive Slowly And Be Patient

When you’re approaching roadwork or road construction this summer, it’s crucial that you drive slow and be patient as you’ll likely expect delays. Not only should you lower your speed as there could be workers trying to complete work, but speeding while driving with construction around you will only increase the chance of an injury happening.

Be Alert And Aware Of Your Surroundings When Driving With Construction

Driving slowly and being patient allows you to take another moment to become more aware of your surroundings, as briefly mentioned above. This allows you to take the additional time to stop, merge, or move cautiously to keep everyone around your car safe. Remember, often, when you’re driving into a construction zone, the speed limit is lowered drastically and being convicted of driving in a construction zone can bring fines. Some tickets can cost as much as $300 as well as up to 6 demerit points.

One tip to remember when driving with construction is to take advantage of the ‘take 10 technique’ when changing lanes. This is when you put your turn signal on at least three seconds prior to looking at your mirrors and starting the lane change, allowing at least 7 seconds to complete the lane change.

Listen And Obey Road Signs

Once you enter a construction zone, it can sometimes be hard to gauge when it may end. Meaning, you should drive cautiously and obey posted signs until you see a sign stating that the construction zone has ended. Failing to watch for signs and driving at a non-construction zone speed may leave you at risk of receiving a ticket. Remember, even a portion of the road that looks as though it’s not being worked on can still technically be included in the construction zone.

Take An Alternative Route

It’s important to remember to expect delays during the summer when you are driving and construction is happening. With that being said, you should try to anticipate slow driving conditions and leave earlier or take alternative routes. Traffic and navigation apps such as Google Maps or Waze are great for this. Both are said to take into consideration real-time traffic, construction delays, or alternative routes to get you to your destination in a timely manner. However, it’s important never to use these apps while driving as it’s not only dangerous since it takes your focus away from the road ahead of you, but it could leave you with a fine and demerit points if you’re convicted of distracted driving.

When you’re driving this summer, it’s crucial that you take the time to slow down and obey construction zones. Not only can it help you arrive safely at your destination, but being convicted of driving recklessly or distracted could leave you at risk for increased insurance premiums! Whether you’re interested to learn more about your current Auto Insurance policy, or how your past driving convictions could be affecting your premium, contact us today! We’ll be happy to help and answer any of your questions.