15 Apr Don’t Be That Driver
2016 National Work Zone Awareness Week
Motorists should be constantly alert and prepared for dynamic changes in and around work zones. The presence of trucks (construction vehicles), flaggers and reduced speed limits create an environment and make being alert critical. Distracted driving is one of the biggest factors in work zone incidents. Distracted driving is engaging any activity other than driving. There are three main types of distractions:
- Visual – taking your eyes off the road
- Manual – taking your hands off the wheel
- Cognitive – taking your mind off what you are doing
Other driver related factors that affect work zone crashes include speeding and aggressive driving. Pay attention to the reduced speed limits and maintain the posted speed. Watch for signs and pavement markings and pay attention to traffic patterns.
Work Zones Need Your Undivided Attention
Ten tips for work zone safety
Expect the unexpected – Traffic lanes may be closed, narrowed, or shifted, and people may be working on or near the road.
Slow down – Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes; obey posted speed limits.
Don’t tailgate – The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear end collision.
ALWAYS – Keep a safe distance from workers and their equipment.
Pay attention to the signs – The warning signs (typically orange) are there to help drivers move safely through the work zone.
Obey flaggers – The flagger knows what is best for moving traffic safely.
Stay alert and minimize distractions – Dedicate your full attention to the roadway.
Keep up with the flow of traffic – Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by merging smoothly.
Schedule enough time to drive safely – Expect delays and leave early.
Be patient and stay calm – Remember, the work zone means improvements to the road that will make your future drive better.