Avoid summer travel frustration

Posted in: Bridges, Highways

hands-on-wheel-body-300x200With the largest travel weekend in America having come to a close, many of you likely noticed delays due to heavy traffic. The Fourth of July weekend is often referred to as the “deadliest weekend of summer,” with some of the highest traffic numbers of auto travel for the year. The month of August continues this trend with seven of the most dangerous days for driving during summer months. With another tough travel month ahead, it’s important to be cautious when planning summer travel. Watch out for safety concerns (covered previously) and also these hazards as you hit the “open” road.

Construction detours

As summer continues, construction projects will too. Be sure to check your travel routes before leaving and allow for detours and heavy traffic on days when travel is expected to be high. July 4th traffic has been on the rise over the last few years, a trend that is expected to continue. Here in Ohio, construction barrels are a common sight during summer. When traveling, check with your local department of transportation for information on projects, expected delays, closures and detours to avoid frustration and lost time.

Increased traffic

More drivers on the road means that accidents are more likely to occur. As accident rates increase in summer months, it’s important to remember to take your own safety precautions. Wearing a seat belt can reduce your risk of serious injury while driving by half. In particular, according to the Center for Disease Control, younger drivers, age 18-34 are less likely to wear safety belts while driving in a motor vehicle. A simple way to limit some of that risk is to make sure that you and your passengers are buckled up while driving.

Texting and driving

With more drivers on the road, there is an increase in distracted drivers. To limit distracted driving, personally take a pledge to put your phone away while driving. Need help resisting the temptation to check your phone? Check out these safety tactics to keep summertime travel safe for all drivers.

Mike Ciotola, PE

About the Author

Mike Ciotola, P.E., ASSOC. DBIA, makes sure safety is woven into complex transportation projects. In his more than 25 years of experience, Mike spent 13 years with the Ohio Department of Transportation. He gets the project done, whatever it takes. Mike helps clients design interchange modifications, roundabouts, and other roadway and bridge improvements, including work on multiple Safety Design Task Order contracts. Mike says “Safety is always integral to projects. We improve the quality of people’s lives by helping our clients to design safe roads.”

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