According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), more than 40,000 people are killed or injured on America's highways around road construction sites. Changing lane patterns, changing speed limits and road crews and equipment make these areas more challenging to drive through. According to the FHWA, the most common type of accident in a construction zone is a rear-end accident. To help keep you and your passengers safe as well as the people working on the road, it's important to follow a few safety tips.
1. Avoid distractions. This is always good advice, but you should make it a habit not to change the radio station, answer your phone or eat those fries while you're driving through a construction zone. So many unexpected things can happen in a construction zone; the road needs your full attention.
2. Add additional space between you and the vehicle in front of you. It's a good rule of thumb to have at least two seconds of space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. It's wise to add additional distance in a construction zone, where construction vehicles are apt to pull into traffic and/or traffic can stop suddenly ahead of you.
3. Don't drive on the median. Driving on the median in a construction zone is dangerous for both you and the people working on the road. There may be unseen hazards, such as tools or small equipment located in those areas that you may not notice or expect. In addition, workers won't be expecting you to be in that lane and may step into the median in front of your vehicle.
4. Slow down. Lowering your speed when you drive in a construction zone gives you extra, precious seconds to react to stopped traffic in front of you or another unforeseen traffic mishap.
5. Allow extra time. Delays are almost inevitable when traveling through a construction zone. Avoid frustration and impatience, and the poor decisions those emotions can bring with them, by making sure to schedule plenty of time to navigate a construction zone. Many map-related websites can give you updates on construction zones, so you'll know what you're likely to encounter before you depart.
Road construction sites are some of the most dangerous places on America's highways, both for motorists and for road workers. Help keep everyone safe this season by slowing down, eliminating distractions and staying off of the median. For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Lien Transportation Co.Share