It can be challenging to avoid construction zones in cities, suburbs, or while traveling. As cars try to navigate through the orange cones that often line streets and roadways, these projects can cause significant delays. While new construction is essential, construction sites are magnets for traffic accidents. Keep reading to learn safety driving tips for construction zones.
Construction Zone Safety Driving Tips
According to the National Safety Council, work zone fatalities have increased 44% since 2010. When driving near construction zones, the most important thing to remember is to slow down! Slowing down allows you to respond more rapidly to other drivers, pedestrians, workers, and other road hazards.
1. Know Before You Go
The best method to prevent an automobile accident on a construction site is to avoid it entirely. Check your GPS or mapping app before you get on the road to see if there is any roadwork on your route. If this is the case, consider taking a different route. If that isn’t a possibility, factor in extra time to account for delays.
2. Stay Focused on the Road
When driving, paying attention to the road is vital, but it is even more essential near work zones. Reduce the volume of your music, stop looking at your phone (which you should never do while driving), and focus entirely on the road. Pay attention to road signs, cones, and flag personnel for information such as temporary speed limits, detours, and traffic flow.
3. Keep Your Distance
Tailgating or following too closely behind another vehicle is a common cause of rear-end collisions. Follow the 3-second rule, leaving at least 3 seconds between you and the vehicle ahead of you, which provides you more time to respond if you come to a sudden stop.
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