The summer travel season is approaching and, while the saying “getting there is half the fun” is true, getting there safely is crucial to a great summer trip.
We are entering what the National Safety Council refers to as the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer,” the stretch from Memorial Day Weekend until the Tuesday after Labor Day Weekend. The statistics are horrifying, especially for teenagers:
- Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens.
- Teens have the highest crash rate of any age group.
- An average 260 teens are killed in car crashes each month during the summer, an increase of 26% compared with the other months of the year.
- Distracted driving is the cause in 60% of teen crashes.
Take responsibility behind the wheel seriously. Prepare before taking a long trip and use common sense safety
tips to ensure you get to your destination safely.
ODOT’s annual Summer Project Map highlights summer work zones around Oregon. This valuable resource, which encourages safe and smooth travel, is available for free at locations around the state, including Driver and Motor Vehicle Services offices, truck stops, welcome centers, and ODOT offices.
You can also download the map online at http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/Pages/index.aspx.
Know Before You Go
For current road conditions, including construction activity, motorists can call 511 or go online to TripCheck.com. A quick visit can help you avoid traffic congestion, work zone delays, or hazardous road conditions. Give yourself plenty of extra time. Construction zones, traffic jams, or other incidents can add delays. That extra time will help cut down on excessive speeding and tailgating.
TripCheck information is also available via Twitter (@oregondot).
Visit www.TripCheck.com and click on the Twitter page to learn more. TripCheck TV allows users to create a custom display of road condition information and camera images.
Our agency partners with Waze, a crowdsourcing app that allows anonymous users to report traffic and weather information. ODOT integrates Waze reports into TripCheck to improve your travel experience.
Travelers in Oregon can dial 511 to access the same immediate road and weather information available on TripCheck. (Note: 511 does not have access to Waze data.)
Work Zone Tips
- Orange — cones, signs, lights — is your clue to slow down.
- Pay attention and expect the unexpected inside a work zone.
- Don’t tailgate. Maintain extra space behind the vehicle you are following for better reaction time.
- Pay attention to driving, especially in the transition zone before you see workers and equipment.
- Get in the correct lane well in advance and remember work zone traffic lanes often are narrow, without shoulders or emergency lanes.
- Move over to give workers more room between them and your vehicle.
- Be aware of temporary construction accesses on either side of the roadway.
- Watch for construction vehicles and don’t follow them as they travel into and out of the work areas.