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Traffic Work Zones

31 Dec Blog | Comments

We have all see them, the warning for a work zone, while driving in traffic, coming up, and moaned. Then we see the orange barrels and look for a way to escape them. Most of the time there is no getting away from them. All we can do in those cases is to be aware of what we will have to drive through and how to do that safely, both for us and our passengers and just as importantly, the workers.

There are several ways to be safe:

  • Minimize or better yet eliminate the distractions. – In almost all cases the reason a construction worker gets injured, or killed is because the driver was distracted. When people are talking on the phone, or worse yet texting on the phone they are not paying attention to what is going on around them. When someone is not paying attention they react much more slowly which can cause accidents or even death.
  • Paying attention for moving vehicles. – On a construction site there is heavy equipment moving all the time. That equipment may need to leave the work site to go dump materials or to go get materials. You must watch for those vehicles coming and going.
  • Slow down. – Speeding is another huge reason for construction workers getting killed. Many times a worker may have to step out into or near the line of traffic and if you are flying along you will not have time to slow down or stop. Think of driving down the highway and someone slamming on their brakes. You need to be going at a speed that will allow you to slow down in enough time.
  • You are not a psychic. – The flagger stopping you may know about something going on half a mile down the road that you do not. There could be live wires down or a piece of heavy equipment coming or going. Very similar to having to avoid a road because it is blocked by police. You don’t know if they are dealing with a hostage situation or a water main break, but you know it is not safe.
  • Weather makes things more dangerous. – Just like anywhere else when the weather turns the roads become more dangerous. You need to slow down even more in a construction zone because you just don’t know when you will need to stop suddenly.

Being in a construction zone is never fun, you have to go slower, and the traffic is usually backed up. It can be a pain and make you late, but remember they are doing their job, making the roads better, safer. They are trusting us to do our jobs, to drive according to the law and to pay attention to the road and not text while driving.

Think of it this way, if that was your son or daughter out there on the road, how would you want the rest of the world to drive? I know I would want every person to obey the traffic laws and follow the posted speed limits.

 

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