When traffic slows down abruptly, you can bet on one of two things: There was an accident or work is being done on the roads.
You probably already know that it’s important to stay at or below the posted limits when you’re in a work zone, not to mention, many states will ticket you double for speeding in a construction zone. Yet there are a few other tips worth keeping in mind in order to keep you, your car and workers safe when you’re driving through a work zone.
⦁ Check ahead for delays. Visit your state’s department of transportation website or tune into a radio station that reports on the traffic to get a head’s up on expected delays.
⦁ Reduce distractions. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t be ⦁ driving distracted by playing on your phone. Extra attention is needed when driving through a work zone.
⦁ Merge ASAP. It’s safer—and way more polite than trying to squeeze in at the last minute.
⦁ Leave lots of room between vehicles. You should be able to count out least two seconds from when the car in front of you passes an object and when you do.
⦁ Never pass on the shoulder or drive across the median. This puts workers in danger—and is illegal.
⦁ Keep your cool when it comes to tailgaters. No one likes a tailgater. If you get one behind you, resist the urge to lay on the brakes. Instead, pull over and let the speed demon pass. If that’s not possible (or you’re just plain not willing to pull over), turn your headlights on and off a few times to warn the tailgater. At night, it’s okay to give your brakes a light tap.
You never know how long it can take to make it through a work zone. So do your best to relax and to stay alert until you’re in the clear—hopefully, it won’t be long until you are!
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