Looking Out For Drivers

Newschannel 6 is looking out for the safety of drivers on US 287. Several roll-over accidents have happened in the last few days. We wanted to know if there was anything different drivers should do while the area was under construction.

DPS Senior Trooper Tony Fulton says drivers need to be aware any time they are in a construction zone. "Anytime you're entering a construction zone you've got to immediately take extra precaution, we've got construction workers that are there we need to slow down. We need to watch these signs," he said.

Last week many drivers spoke out to Newschannel 6 about gravel that was loose on the roadway. That gravel can cause very slick conditions. Fulton says you should act accordingly. "Drive it like would be typically like driving on ice. Its not as slick as ice, but kind of have that same idea in mind. You know, your vehicle is going to slide, your vehicle is not going to have the same control or same traction, so drive at a slower pace," he said.

Most single-vehicle roll-over accidents happen when drivers overcorrect. That can be prevented. "Do a good controlled braking, keep the steering wheel straight unless there is some type of dangerous obstruction or person in front of you. Don't whip your wheel to the left or the right," said Fulton.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6