Work zones cause hazards for drivers

You're bound to have driven through a construction zone in the Charlotte area, and AAA says they're hazardous.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If you’ve driven in Mecklenburg County then you’ve seen them; construction zones seem to be on every corner in Charlotte’s SouthEnd. AAA of the Carolinas says construction zones add to the road hazards drivers face.

“The congestion from a traffic safety perspective, it can be a nightmare," said Tiffany Wright with AAA of the Carolinas. "Put your hazards on when you catch a flat.”

Wright says debris or heavy wear on roadways may cause a motorist to catch a flat tire. AAA of the Carolinas offers these tips to drivers to stay safe:

1. Don’t stop in your lane.
2. If possible, drive the car to a safe place.
3. Put on a reflective vest to increase safety.
4. Call 911 if you feel unsafe for help.

"A pain. I would call it carelessness," said Charlotte driver Skipp Ranson. "I got a nail gun cartridge into my tires, and my tires cost $500 each."

Ranson says he keeps an extra eye out when driving near construction sights, but knows accidents happen.

"Always careful of what's in the road, but you can't miss everything."

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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