There’s nothing worse than getting out on the road and suddenly moving at a crawl as traffic backs up. This is commonly causes by work zones where traffic has to be routed usually one lane at a time. At work zones it’s important to understand that you need to drive responsibility to avoid accidents and keep workers safe. Here are some things you can do while driving around work zones.
- Stress – it’s important to remain calm while driving through work zone. Honking your horn, screaming out the window and other acts of frustration only take your eyes off the road and the situation you’re facing. Never let stress get in the way of just acting calmly. You’re usually only stopped for a few minutes before the traffic starts moving again and there’s nothing you can do about it so just stay relaxed and wait your turn to start moving again.
- Speed – Never try to speed through a work zone. Not only is this illegal, you’re putting the lives of the workers in grave danger. Road workers are killed each year due to careless drivers who try to speed through work zones. A piece of equipment can move suddenly and you could cause a major accident that would back up traffic for hours and perhaps kill someone including yourself. Speeding through any work zone is not a good idea so don’t do this.
- Slow Down – The best thing you can do is to simply slow down as soon as you come to the first road work sign. Watch for flag people and take your time at the work sign. Follow their hand gestures and keep your speed very low. Never speed up until you’re well past the work zone as trucks or other equipment may be coming to the work zone and they can stop and turn suddenly without warning. There will be a sign saying it’s fine to resume normal speed so don’t do this until you see it.
- Night Work Zone – At night work zones won’t have workers but they are even more dangerous because of this. Follow all arrows which tell you where to drive and go through them very slowly. Glare for wet roads can confuse you as you drive through them and they can be disorienting. Don’t speed as the road may suddenly change from asphalt to gravel or it can have pumps in it that can make driving very difficult. Just because the road is free of workers is not an excuse to speed through the work area. Slow down and obey the signs.
- Room – Give other drivers plenty of room. Don’t follow too close as you can start and stop many times and if you speed up you’ll hit vehicles in front of you. Give plenty of space to vehicles in front of you. Stay away from barrier, workers and equipment. This is easy to do if you obey the signs and the workers. Just remember that equipment and workers can move suddenly so you need to be aware of your surrounds and act accordingly. If you leave room around you you’ll be fine.
- Stay On the Road – never try to go onto the side of the road and attempt to pass through the construction zone. This is very dangerous and it’s illegal. You put the road workers is serious danger when you do this. Never try to pass through a construction zone on your own terms obey the laws, they are there for your safety.
- Expect Delays – Be ready for delays they are usually short but sometimes thye can be quite long. There’s nothing you can do in these situations so just let the workers do what they need to get done and sit in your vehicle and relax. During the summer have water as a staple in your vehicle so you can take a drink when it’s hot or you can use the air conditioning in the vehicle for comfort.
Drive with Care around Work Zones
It’s simply a matter of being patient around work zones. Obey the workers and the signs there as it’s for your own safety. Slow down and never try to speed through a work zone as you put everyone in danger with careless actions.