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Preparing teens for driving through summer road construction

Construction workers have some of the most dangerous jobs on the market no matter where they are stationed. However, those working on road repairs have an additional layer of unpredictability to worry about, the drivers. So many worker injuries and fatalities come from motorists that are either unprepared or impatient for construction zones that restrict their speeds and lane options.

Over the last few years, the amount of non-residential and residential construction projects in Denver has dramatically increased. If this keeps up, then there are a lot of streets that can be dangerous for the new driver in the house. Teen drivers can get overly anxious in construction zones from how quickly they come up and have a high risk of crashing into a wall, another vehicle or a worker. Now that the snow’s melted and more construction zones are popping up, you need to get your kid ready to deal with the chaos.

Look up upcoming projects

The Colorado Department of Transportation recommends drivers to use their list of resources to search for upcoming construction projects. That way you can get an idea of when and where in Denver major repairs or new building constructions will take place. If your teen has a summer job or extra classes they need to take, focus on finding projects on the roads they need to get to these places.

Help plan their routes

Construction zones are not only dangerous, but they can also cost you extra time getting where you need to get to. They can get very unpredictable on certain days of the summer with how bad traffic can get in Denver. Try looking up alternate routes your kid can take to get to their destination so they don’t have to deal with the additional stress. Even if it’s slightly longer, it can take less time if there isn’t as much slow lanes or major traffic. It puts less stress on your teen in more ways than one.

Provide an example

Your child needs to understand how to approach construction zones eventually, so offer to take them through one if they need to get somewhere. Make sure you explain your actions as you are doing so. They may have learned about this during their driver’s ed training, but some people learn better when they see it in person. When you feel they are ready, offer to be in the passenger seat so you can observe their behavior and warn them of any missteps they are taking.

Construction zones are one of the most common areas for major accidents to occur in Denver during the summer. By paying close attention to upcoming projects and your child’s progress on the road, you can provide a safer future for them, your vehicle and the construction team hard at work at making these repairs.

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