In the north they say that there are two seasons, road construction and winter. In Texas road construction is starting to become an everyday thing because of the increasing population. The truth is that wherever you may go in the United States, you are going to encounter road construction. The big question, therefore, is what can the average driver do to limit the effect that road construction has on their driving?
Technology and Services With Road Construction
Of course, for today’s drivers there is technology that has never been available before. Web sites or apps with GPS can now be used to identify high traffic areas before you ever get on the road or while you are actually in your vehicle. By using these GPS systems, you can identify where construction zones are located and choose a route that will allow you to avoid the high traffic areas. Whatever state you are in, there are agencies and programs designed to help drivers to plan ahead. In some states, like Georgia, you can dial 511 on your cell phone in order to get updates on construction and traffic. Consider contacting state agencies like your state transportation department or your state highway patrol in order to get details about construction activity on roads you intend to travel. You may ask the highway patrol if they have a special frequency that you can listen to on your car radio in order to hear the most up to date construction and traffic reports. As a driver, take advantage of state information centers that can be found along interstate highways, to get traffic and construction information about both the state and local area.
Using Radios With Road Construction
If you want to go old school, dust off that old CB radio to get traffic and construction alerts. Tune into channel 19 to hear the colorful conversation of truckers and ask them if they can provide any warnings on routes that they have recently traveled. You can get updates on traffic and construction by listening to reports on the radio. These reports will not only give you an assessment of the current traffic situation, but often times that will also come with alternative routes that you could take.
Road Construction And Back Roads
If you are not in a hurry, consider taking back roadways to get to your destination. You may find that you not only avoid traffic and road construction, but you may stumble upon some things that you may not have ever had the chance to see or to experience.
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