Roadwork can be frustrating, but it is a necessary fact of life for all drivers, whether you drive for a living, commute on a regular basis or run the occasional errand.
Delays and frustrations brought on by traffic jams caused by roadwork can make even the calmest person impatient and that can be dangerous in a work zone.
Driving in work zones does not have to be a stressful experience, though. Being mindful of those around you—both workers and other vehicles—can increase the safety of everyone on the road.
The Department of Transportation offers 10 tips that should help with your awareness while driving through that oh-so-common work zone:
• Expect the unexpected. Situations can change quickly in work zones. Traffic could slow or stop unexpectedly, traffic lanes can merge, or equipment and workers can enter the roadway. Be aware and be prepared.
• Slow Down. Speeding is the major causes of work zone crashes.
• Don't tailgate. Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you. The most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear end collision.
• Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and construction workers.
• Obey road crew flaggers and road signs. Flaggers and warning signs are there to help all drivers move safely through the work zone.
• Stay alert and minimize distractions.
• Keep up with the traffic flow. Don't drive right up to the lane closure and then try to barge in.
• Schedule enough time to drive safely and check for traffic information before you began your journey.
• Be patient and stay calm. Work zones aren't there to personally inconvenience you.
From everyone here at Simplified Insurance Agency, good luck and safe driving!
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