Work Zone Safety Tips for Motorists
• Expect the unexpected – Speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road.
• Be patient and considerate – Work zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your future drive better and safer.
• Slow down – Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes.
• Don’t tailgate – Keep a safe following distance between you and the vehicle ahead of you.
• Pay attention to posted signs – Warning signs are there to help guide you. Use them.
• Stay alert and avoid distracted driving – Work zones present uncommon obstacles. Motorists need to pay attention to the road and their surroundings.
• Plan your trip – Schedule your trip with plenty of extra time. Expect delays and leave early so you are not anxious while driving.
• Be aware of blind spots – Trucks have large blind spots in front, back and either side. Try to avoid lingering in this space and do not cut in front of a truck.
“All drivers should take the above safety tips seriously, as some simple safety practices can make a lifesaving difference in work zones,” said Share the Road professional driver Dee Sova of Prime Inc. “Work zones are active places with busy construction crews and a lot of moving pieces. Let’s all stay focused on the driving task and navigate safely and slowly through work zones this construction season.”