Summer is road construction season in North America. So with summer in full swing, it’s up to all of us to be more cognizant of the risks they present.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), some 700 people are killed in work zones every year. Do your part to reduce such fatalities by practicing these four construction zones tips:
Construction zones are almost always subjected to lower speed limits. This is to protect workers. Estimates suggest that more than one-third of all construction zone accidents involve excessive speed. So slow down and obey posted speed limits. Obey all other signage and flaggers as well.
Following too closely is never safe. It is even less safe in a work zone. Remember that unexpected things can happen when you’re traveling through a work zone. That means you need extra distance between yourself and the car in front of you to avoid causing an accident.
Rubbernecking is an unsafe practice whether it occurs after an accident or in a construction zone. Keep your eyes on the road, not the work being done. Along the same lines, stay focused on the task of getting through the zone safely. Don’t attempt to adjust your sound system or grab a drink from your coffee cup. Both will be there on the other side of the zone.
It’s always smart to plan ahead before you get in the car and go. Planning will alert you to construction zones you might have to pass through. If you know what’s coming, you are more likely to be patient and less aggravated. That means you are more likely to drive safely as well.