Ask just about anybody and they’ll tell you that texting and driving is a bad idea. So, if practically everyone thinks something is dangerous, why do so many people still do it? Research by AT&T found that 98 percent of commuters who own cell phones said they were aware of the hazard of texting and driving, yet almost half of those people admitted to doing the dangerous deed.
So how do you stop? Here are two simple solutions, one takes willpower, the other is more technology put to good use.
Two projects, one on Interstate 280 in Scott County and the other on U.S. 30 in Linn County, received accolades Dec. 1 at the 27th Annual National “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” awards program held during the 53rd American Concrete Pavement Association’s Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.
In early 2016, the Iowa Concrete Paving Association held a state conference where they awarded honors to the Iowa Department of Transportation and other project designers in various categories. These state winners were then forwarded for consideration to the ACPA. On the national level, two awards are given out in each category; gold and silver. The Iowa DOT brought home one of each with a project on U.S. 30 winning the silver in the Divided Highways (Urban) category which means that it was the second best project in the country in that category. A concrete construction project on I-280 won the gold award in the Divided Highways (Rural) category which means that it was the best project in the country in that category.
Driving straight down a snowy highway without other cars in sight usually isn’t a problem. Issues arise when drivers going too fast for conditions get into traffic and need to slow down or stop, sometimes quickly.
It’s a cold hard fact – driving in Iowa in January isn’t the same as driving in Iowa in July. Snow, ice or frost on the road can pop up when you least expect it. Keeping your speed down and leaving plenty of space between vehicles is the formula for successfully navigating winter weather driving.