IAM RoadSmart Release 6 Tips To Managing Roadworks

The snow and ice has gone, so the roadworks are now underway.

We’ve finally ridden the terrible snow and ice, so roadworks has begun to make the much-needed repairs. Despite, this being great for our cars not being affected by potholes anymore, this could affect our daily commute to work or the school run.
It could result in narrower lanes, slow traffic and short tempers, therefore all contributing to the challenge of reaching our destination in time. Although, this stress can be avoided by driving carefully and ensuring you plan your journey, therefore IAM RoadSmart release 6 tips to managing roadworks.

Here’s some advice from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards, Richard Gladman, to ensure your motorway journey through roadworks is as safe and stress-free as possible.
  1. In an ideal situation, you should check the status of any roads you plan to use prior to your commute. If there are significant amounts of repair works and you think you might get caught up in traffic, consider taking an alternative route, even if it does mean you cover a few more miles. However, if you find there is no alternative route, give yourself more time to travel and ensure you have plenty of fuel.
  2. Maintain a safe following distance of at least two seconds in the dry and at least four seconds in wet weather.
  3. Keep your eyes set at the furthest point of the road, so you can anticipate any changes ahead such as a lane being restricted and marked off by cones. If it is safe to do so, it’s best to merge in turn if vehicles are travelling at low speed.
  4. Keep an eye out for any roadwork signs – these can give you important instructions, such as a temporary maximum speed limit that you need adhere to.
  5. Be mindful of the fact that average speed cameras are common where long-term roadworks are in force – be prepared to slow down throughout.
  6. If you’re a heavy user of cruise control, be sure to know how to cancel it safely. A better option will be a speed limiter, this will allow you to slow in response to the traffic, but help to prevent any momentary lapse in speed control if the road clears.
Additionally, Gladman said: “If you can see traffic building up then avoid switching lanes too often. Changing lanes on extremely busy roads will increase your chances of being involved in a collision and slows down traffic flow.”
“So long as you stay alert and plan ahead, your journey should be a safe and stress-free one.”

To conclude, we want to ensure your daily commute is as stress-free as possible as this is how many collisions can occur, therefore it is important to keep these six tips in mind when managing roadworks in the future.

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