National Traffic Awareness Month: A Reminder to Drive Safe

It is crucial to remember that safety isn’t only important while on the jobsite but also while operating company vehicles to and from each project. August imposes specific driving conditions on all of us that can significantly impact our commute. Just a few of them include:

  • Back-to-School Traffic: This means increased traffic from parents dropping off children, students of driving age, school buses, and busy school zones. There is likely to be more pedestrian traffic as well.
  • Distracted Driving: During summer months, including August, drivers might be more inclined to engage in distracting behaviors like using their phones, especially in late summer vacation or leisure settings. Distracted driving can increase the risk of accidents.
  • Travel and Tourism Traffic: August can be a popular month for people visiting various attractions and events. This can lead to unfamiliar drivers navigating new areas which might contribute to accidents.
  • Road Construction Traffic: Many road construction projects take place during summer months when weather conditions are more favorable. Lane closures, reduced speed limits, and changes in traffic patterns all potentially contribute to accidents.
  • Longer Daylight Hours: August generally has longer daylight hours, which can affect driver behavior. People might travel more during the daylight leading to different traffic patterns and accident risks.

Road safety should be a priority year-round. Practicing caution, obeying traffic laws, and adjusting your driving habits accordingly can help reduce the risk of accidents. Take special note of the traffic changes this time of year to contribute to a safer road environment for you and everyone else on the road.