It doesn’t matter if you drive a 2016 Porsche Panamera, a pre-owned Porsche automobile, or one of our other capable vehicles, it can be difficult to navigate your car through a construction zone safely. Read on for tips on how to handle these situations in the future.
The most common kind of crash that occurs in construction zones is a rear end collision. The best way to avoid a rear end collision is to make sure you leave enough distance between your car and the vehicle that is in front of you. Keep in mind that an automobile traveling at 50 miles per hour needs at least 300 feet to stop on dry pavement and a minimum of 400 feet on wet road surfaces. That number increases by more than 300 percent when there is ice on the road. You need to increase the amount of space you leave between your car and the automobile in front of you as your speed increases and as road conditions worsen.
In addition to maintaining a safe distance between your car and the one you’re behind, you should do the following to navigate work zones safely:
- Keep your headlights on
- Pay attention to the road, road signs, and, if there’s a flagger, any instructions you’re given
- Stay alert and minimize distractions such as changing the radio station
- Obey the posted speed limit
- Change lanes only in areas where it’s permitted and you can do so safely
- Expect the unexpected
As Florida Porsche dealers, we know it can be frustrating to have to drive through a work zone, especially if traffic has built up. We also know that one of the best ways to navigate construction zones safely is to remain calm and be patient behind the wheel.
Of course, being stuck in traffic in a work zone isn’t too bad when you’re behind the wheel of a luxury vehicle like the Porsche automobiles we sell. When you’re ready to find your next Porsche vehicle, visit Porsche of Jacksonville on Atlantic Boulevard. We look forward to seeing you soon.