Tips for Driving Safely in Road Construction ZonesJun 8th, 2017
Like every previous summer, road construction has begun. Motorists need to be prepared regardless of your driving experience. These tips below are great reminders to you help you and the road construction workers get home safe and sound.
- Expect the unexpected.
Traffic lanes may be changed, normal speed limits may be reduced and people and vehicles may be working on or near the road.
- Slow your speed, pay attention to the signs and be alert.
Most road construction projects general post diamond-shaped orange warning signs prior to the work site.
- Obey directions given by the flagger.
Be prepared to obey the flagger’s direction and stay alert. A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign in a construction zone and therefore, can cite you for disobeying his or her directions.
- Be patient.
Road improvement is necessary. It is not meant to be an inconvenience to you personally so please be patient.
- Use “Take 10” technique to change lanes.
“Take 10” technique is when you put your turn signal on at least three seconds before starting a lane change and then using another seven seconds to complete a lane change. Watch for road signs to advise of a lane closure ahead and then use the “Take 10” technique.
- Slow down!
Don’t drive too fast for the working conditions.
Did you know that a truck travelling at 95km/hr travels 25 meters per second and if you passed a sign that says” Road Work in 450m” it only takes 17 seconds for that truck to be in that work zone.
- Drive defensively.
Remember to leave at least seven seconds of braking distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. The most common crashes in a construction zone is a rear-end collision, and most occur because of following too close or travelling too fast.
- Use defensive driving techniques.
Always keep a safe distance between construction workers and construction equipment, your vehicle and traffic barriers. Everyone out there wants to return home safely.
- Obey posted signs.
Even though you may not see workers in the construction zone after you see construction warning signs, doesn’t mean they are not out there. Some work zones are moving as the work is completed – like road patching, line painting and mowing.
- Expect delays.
Take the time to do your research. Every province and state will use different methods to inform motorists about the work zones in progress or in the queue. More often than not they will also provide details for detours to help you avoid the work zone entirely, or advise approximate length of delay. Plan ahead to help you get home or to your destination safely.