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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

Orange Barrels and Traffic

16 May Blog | Comments

Kids everywhere are counting down how many days of school are left until summer vacation. The same type of countdown is going on in many City Hall buildings, because that means the weather is getting nicer and they can start working on the roads. As it gets closer to summer people see more and more orange barrels.

The orange barrels are placed on road to make people aware that there is some type of road work going on. The orange barrels indicate that there is work going on, and to be aware and cautious of the construction workers. In a construction zone the speed limit is reduced and people are supposed to slow down. The purpose for the reduced speed is to give a person more time to react should a construction worker end up in their path by accident.

As much as the orange barrels drive us crazy it’s important to understand that their main purpose is to fix something that is wrong. For example, if there was an accident and someone ran into a guard rail damaging it, it would need to be fixed. The guard rail is there to protect us from going into a ditch that could do a lot more damage to our car and its passengers.

Another important point to remember is that the work being done is being done by construction workers. They are people who have their own families to go home to at the end of the day. Those orange barrels are there to remind us to slow down and keep our eyes open. Many accidents that have happened in a construction zone could have been avoided had people just slowed down.

Be aware that going on vacation you’re likely to run into a lot of construction you were not expecting. One way to combat that is by planning ahead and finding out, through either a travel agency or an app on your phone, where the construction is going to be along your route.

You will then be able to either find an alternative route or realize that you might run into some of that construction which is going to slow down your timetable. When you have already planned into your schedule a delay you’re less likely to get stressed out and frustrated.

Orange barrels are never fun to see and that they can make for a very frustrating car ride, but remember is very important to always drive defensively and not with road rage. Driving while angry and frustrated is never good. When people drive with road rage they usually either end up getting into an accident or causing an accident.

Driving by itself requires a lot of concentration and if you add in orange barrels and construction workers you have to be even more diligent. Driving defensively is your best course of action to get you and your passengers safely through whatever construction zone you encounter. Being aware of the traffic around you and construction workers is so vital to getting everyone home safe.






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