Road work can be nerve-wracking for even the most experienced drivers. Rookie drivers are sure to experience some extra anxiety when navigating construction zones. Being prepared and understanding your options to safely drive through the orange cones, can not only keep you safe but others around you as well.
Here are a few tips to help you drive safely:
- Slow Down & Obey Speed Limits. Lowered speed limits are posted for a reason. Generally, the lower the posted speed in a work zone, the more tricky the driving will be. It is better to get there safely than get there earlier.
- Reduce Distractions. Turn down the radio, put down the food, and ignore incoming text messages or phone calls and just focus on driving. Not only is it safer, but you’ll also feel less frazzled.
- Drive Defensively. One of the most common crashes in a construction zone is a rear-end collision. You have to remember to leave enough room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Be Alert. Don’t forget that many work zones are mobile. Line painting areas, for instance, require some workers to move along the roadway. Remember that you’re still in a construction zone until you see the End Road Work sign. Just because you don’t see the workers, doesn’t mean they’re not out there.
- Keep Both Hands On The Wheel. Aside from shifting, try to keep both hands on the wheel. Refrain from changing the radio, checking your phone or even adjusting your seat. Keep those hands glued to the wheel and your focus on the road.
- Keep A Paper Atlas. Every driver should have access to an atlas in the cab. You can pick them up for a few bucks at any truck stop. Sometimes you may have to de redirected around construction and you do not want to be caught off guard. If traffic conditions force you out of your correct lane for a detour, or if your navigation app isn’t working, you can count on your atlas to find another route.
- Plan Ahead. The easiest way to navigate construction is to simply not have to drive through it. Apps are available for your cell phones like Waze that provide road construction warnings and alternate routes. Consistently checking your routes when you are stopped for a rest, food, etc, can save you time and stress if you plan accordingly.
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