Roadwork can be frustrating, but it is a necessary fact of life for all drivers, whether you drive for a living, commute on a regular basis or run the occasional errand.
Delays and frustrations brought on by traffic jams caused by roadwork can make even the calmest person impatient. And that can be dangerous in a work zone: In 2014, auto accidents in work zones resulted in 669 fatalities and about 30,500 injuries.1
Driving in work zones does not have to be a stressful experience, though. Being mindful of those around you—both workers and other vehicles—can increase the safety of everyone on the road.
If your driving route includes work zones, here are a few things to keep in mind to help promote maximum safety and minimum stress. When entering a work zone:
- Be prepared for the unexpected: Situations can change quickly in work zones. Traffic could slow or stop unexpectedly, traffic lanes can merge, or equipment and workers can enter the roadway. Be aware and be prepared.
- Slow down: More than one-third of fatal accidents in work zones are caused by speeding.1 Obey the posted speed limit, even if you do not see any work currently in progress.
- Obey road crew flaggers and road signs: Flaggers and warning signs are there to help all drivers move safely through the work zone.
- Keep a safe following distance: Rear-end collisions account for 30% of work zone accidents.1 Keep a safe distance between you and other cars, construction workers and equipment to help avoid accidents. Read more