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Use Caution when Driving Through a Work Zone
A work zone is a designated area on a street or highway where construction is taking place. It is important to remain alert while driving through work zones as they can be dangerous areas. Know the laws in the state where you are driving, but use these tips for general work zone driving safety.
- Speed is often a contributing factor in work zone
accidents. The speed limit is typically lowered
because of the potentially hazardous conditions
in the work area such as changes in traffic
patterns, debris on the roadway, or construction
- In most states there is an increased fine for
speeding in a work zone. The posted work
zone speed limit will alert you to the safe speed.
Watch for flashing work zone lights when
nearing the area.
- Allow for other vehicles to merge in front of you
at merge points prior to construction zones.
This keeps the traffic flowing.
Expect the Unexpected
Watch each side of the road for workers and
equipment as you are driving. Be ready to make
an immediate stop if necessary.
- Increase your view of the work zone and your
visibility to others by turning your headlights on
while driving in work zones.
- Be aware of signs and follow the directions of
construction crews. They are in control in the
work zone and can alert you to upcoming stops
or lane changes.
- Delays are likely in a work zone, especially if a lane
of traffic is closed. Remain calm and be patient.
- Allow for additional travel time if there are road
construction zones in your path. Check with your
local Department of Transportation for work zone
schedules and delays.
- Do not tailgate the driver in front of you. While it
is important to keep a steady pace to keep traffic
flowing, remember to leave a safe distance between
vehicles. A safe distance is a minimum of one car
length in stop-and-go traffic and a three-second
following distance when traveling.
For more information on work zone safety...
Work Zone Safety: www.workzonesafety.org
Department of Transportation: www.dot.gov