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Construction Zone Safety: 5 Things All Drivers Need to Know

Unfortunately, construction is sometimes unavoidable when you're behind the wheel. And while it's easy to get frustrated when you get stuck in construction, it's important to understand that construction is necessary to keep our roads safe. Unfortunately, many are hurt and injured in construction zone accidents every day as a result of drivers not following some important construction zone safety tips.

Increase Your Following Distance

Any time you enter a construction zone, it's important to increase your following distance between other cars. Ideally, you should have between two and three car lengths between you and the car in front of you, which will give you adequate time to stop if you need to. Abrupt stops are common in construction zones, so following any closer than two or three car lengths could easily result in you causing a rear-ending accident. Increase your following distance even more in slick or foggy conditions.

Don't Assume Workers Aren't Present

A lot of times, you'll see signs for a reduced speed limit through a construction zone; in some cases, the posted speed may be even lower if workers are present. Even if you don't see any obvious construction workers, it's still imperative that you obey the posted speed limit signs. Never assume that just because you don't see workers right now, that they won't be working a little ways up the road or that the speed limit doesn't apply.

Not only will speeding in a construction zone put workers at risk, but you could also receive a hefty fine for doing so if you're caught by police.

Follow Instructions From Flaggers

Sometimes, flaggers will be posted in construction zones (especially in residential areas) to help direct traffic around the work area. Usually, if this is the case, there will be signs posted that read "flagger ahead" or something similar.

Always obey instructions from flaggers, and assume that their instructions overrule any other traffic signs or signals. Also, be on the lookout for flaggers' signals, such as an extended palm indicating that you need to stop. Be sure to also reduce your speed and be especially aware of your surroundings when driving near a work zone with flaggers posted.

Minimize Your Distractions

Distraction-free driving is always important, but this is especially important when you're driving in a construction zone, where it's imperative that you're on high alert. When you enter a construction zone or see that one is approaching, turn down (or turn off) your radio, end any cell phone calls, and keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Now is not the time to be fidgeting with your radio dial or checking your Facebook page on your phone.

Merge Promptly at Lane Closures

One of the most common causes of accidents and road rage in construction zones is that of lane closures. When you see a sign posted for an upcoming lane closure, be sure to merge as soon as safely possible. Do not wait until the lane is coming to an end to force your way over into the next lane over. This is not only rude to the other drivers who followed the posted signs and merged when they were supposed to, but it can also be dangerous if you cut somebody off or even cause a road rage incident.

Construction zones can be frustrating and dangerous to navigate, but all drivers have a responsibility to keep themselves and other drivers safe while behind the wheel. Be sure to keep these tips in mind the next time you find yourself needing to navigate through a construction or work zone, and consider taking an online traffic course for increased driver safety.


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on the weekend (no workers present) in construction when the road is in a steady incline there is a pavement cut then a pothole right behind the cut, on a heavy traffic area should it not be marked properly. the pavement cut being about 4 inches approx then the pothole another 6 inches deep approx x 2 ft wide. There were only 2 signs "construction ahead" & "slow down to 75 kms" . Well i was under 10 kms and on a motorbike I just toppled over because I saw the pothole to late due to the of the incline of the road. When reaching the top of pavement cut I had to make a quick decision, go right and cut off my riding painter, go into pothole and get thrown into traffic (and there was plenty), or go left around it. I chose the latter, tried to go around. Next thing i knew i was on my side feeling my head hit lastly on the gravel. I just got a little bit of whip lash but the big suffered $7,000 damages...... is not the construction company at fault? for not posting proper signage? If I would of been going 75 kms I would of been dead for certain hitting a pothole like that... Wondering what are my rights.

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