How To Stay Safe In Construction Zones

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All of us have come upon road projects and have been asked to slow down or stop. Roadwork can be frustrating, but it is a necessary fact for all drivers, whether you drive for a living, commute on a regular basis, or run the occasional errand.  Traffic fines double in these zones, so drive with caution.  Remember, the workers are there to make the road better for us.  They are just doing their jobs and are not trying to frustrate us.

If you get into an accident, your personal auto insurance will most likely cover you, depending on your specific auto insurance coverage.

In the past five years, over 4,400 people have died because of auto accidents in highway work zones.  The drivers and passengers are the ones most often injured. Remember,road workers are just doing their jobs.  Be kind and follow instructions.

Auto Safety Tips

  • Pay attention to signs and workers.
  • Slow down.
  • Calm down and don’t rush. Remember, the temporary inconvenience of a construction zone will pay off with greatly improved roads soon.
  • Workers, work vehicles, or equipment may enter your lane without warning.
  • Change lanes only where pavement markings indicate, and only when traffic conditions permit.
  • Watch traffic around you and be prepared to react.
  • Avoid changing the radio station, using a mobile phone, eating, or other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road.
  • Keep a safe following distance: Rear-end collisions account for 30% of work zone accidents. Keep a safe distance between you and other cars, construction workers, and equipment to help avoid accidents.
  • You may see flashing arrow panels or “lane closed ahead” signs. Merge as soon as possible. Do not zoom right up to the lane closure, and then try to barge in. If everyone cooperates, traffic moves more efficiently.  Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by moving to the appropriate lane at first notice of an approaching work zone.
  • When stopped in traffic, leave a safety zone between you and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Change lanes only where pavement markings indicate, and only when traffic conditions permit.
  • Do not resume normal speed until you see roadway signs indicating it is safe to do so.



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