With summer right around the corner, numerous organizations, communities and municipalities will embark on construction projects of varying scope and complexity. Many of these projects will occur next to busy roadways. Additionally, several construction projects will center specifically on the roads themselves.
Drivers must avoid hazardous conditions caused by poor weather, crowded streets and distracted motorists sharing the roads. Unfortunately, road construction projects add a new layer of complexity. There are numerous tips drivers can follow to remain safe while driving through constructions zones, including:
- Avoid distractions: While this might be good advice for any condition, it is especially important in a construction zone. With debris on the road, construction vehicles, crowded traffic and changing lanes, drivers must keep their attention focused squarely on the road.
- Following warning signs: From signs and signals to workers personally directing traffic, a driver must pay attention to warnings. Whether these are speed limits, lane closures or traffic switches, following posted warnings is crucial.
- Avoid tailgating: Driving through a busy construction zone can be a frustrating experience. Unfortunately, this frustration often manifests itself as poor driving behavior. Speeding, reckless driving and tailgating can all lead to devastating collisions.
- Watch your surroundings: Whether it is workers performing job tasks near the road or large construction vehicles entering the path, numerous hazardous distractions exist. Drivers must exercise caution to avoid collisions.
Work zone collisions can lead to catastrophic injuries such as broken bones, multiple lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, paralysis and amputation. When traveling through a work zone, drivers must exercise caution and awareness to prevent crashes and life-changing injuries.