Stay Safe In A Construction Zone With These Tips
With warmer weather upon us, it’s that time of year for the season to change from Pothole Season to Construction Season, and with that change come new ways to behave on the road. You need to drive extremely safely in construction zones – not just because there are signs that tell you to, but because there are people! Working! On the road! That’s super dangerous and they do it out of choice and because it’s their job, and you should respect that by driving safely when you’re in a construction zone. Check out our tips for staying in your lane, both literally and figuratively, and keeping everyone around you safe by driving well.
Stay Alert – don’t get distracted by your radio, your passengers, your coffee, your phone, or anything else, especially when you’re driving in a construction zone. Give the road your full, undivided attention.
Keep your headlights on – even during the day, it’s a good idea to switch on your headlights if you don’t have DRL’s.
Did we say pay attention? – Watch for road signs, brake lights, and other vehicles to see if people are slowing down, what the speed limit should be, and other important information about the traffic pattern.
Merge in time – don’t wait until the very last second to merge into the correct lane. If you see a sign that says “Lane Closed Ahead,” then get into the lane that’s going to be open and just stay there. You can zoom past that old lady in an Oldsmobile after you pass the construction area. Patience is a virtue!
Don’t tailgate – that being said, don’t be right up that old lady’s tailpipe the entire time you’re stuck behind her. That’s not only rude, it’s illegal.
Obey the speed limit – Sure, you can go fast in some places, but if the work zone speed limit is 45 then slow the heck down and obey the speed limit! There are probably workers on the road working mere feet from where cars are, and you don’t want to get into a really serious accident. Also, ticket fines are doubled for speeding in work zones. So, there’s that as well.
Change lanes safely – don’t drive like a maniac! When you’re still in a construction area, change lanes like you are that old lady in the Oldsmobile and be safe about it.
Watch for flaggers and follow their instructions – don’t ignore those people with flags. They have a job to do and you can get ticketed for ignoring flaggers.
Expect the unexpected – work zones are one of the places on this earth where chaos has a tendency to reign, and you should not expect driving in one to be smooth sailing. Trucks, other vehicles, and machinery can enter your lane at any time and you need to be prepared.
PATIENCE IS KEY. This is in caps because it’s important. Be patient. It’ll be good.