With the summer months upon us, you’re bound to pass through several work zones as you head to work or an upcoming vacation.
You may think you’re less likely to be in a work zone accident, especially if the speed limit is reduced, but there are still dangers to be aware of.
According to workzonesafety.org, there have been roughly 3,300 fatalities in work zones over the last five years, making it essential to be prepared for anything.
It’s important to pay attention to things such as posted road signs, workers, equipment and changes in the road. If you go slow and prepare for the unexpected, you’ll greatly increase your chances of getting safely to your destination.
Pay close attention to road signs, lane changes
Road signs will advise you of upcoming work zones, speed reductions, lane changes and more. If you follow these, and pay attention to cones, you should have no trouble navigating through a work or construction zone.
However, it’s important to note that signs are not always accurate and cone placement can be confusing, so it’s advised to go slow and use your best judgement.
Be on the lookout for workers, equipment
One of the biggest dangers of driving through a work zone is the potential for workers, equipment or debris coming into your path at a moment’s notice.
Make sure to see where the construction crew is located. If they’re close to the driving lane, slow down to avoid an accident. If you are driving at night you should be even more wary of workers, as they may not be wearing reflective gear.
It’s also suggested to be on the lookout for equipment in the event it backs up into your lane, and always keep an eye out for tools, rocks or other debris that may be in your path.
Watch for uneven roads, shoulders
Many work zones are created to fix the pavement on highways and interstates. Because there is work being done to the road itself, you may experience unexpected dips in the roadway or shoulder.
Make sure to slow down when the road dips or raises back up, as you can do damage to your vehicle’s suspension if you’re not careful. Uneven roads can also lead to accidents, so be sure to keep close attention.
If you drive into a work zone this summer, be sure to follow these tips to remain safe at all times. If you are involved in a work zone accident and are looking to determine what went wrong, our team at 4N6XPRT Systems is standing by to assist with trusted accident reconstruction reports.
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