Ways to stay safe while traveling through a construction zone

You’re on the highway, and up ahead, you see an orange sign that reads, “CONSTRUCTION NEXT 12 MILES.” Don’t panic, but know there are a few things you should do to stay extra vigilant when traveling through a construction site.

Slow down

To begin with, decrease your speed. There’s no need to continue to travel the speed you were traveling prior to entering the construction zone. The majority of the time, construction zones have their own specific speed limits posted. Keep a look-out and adhere to these signs. Also keep in mind that many speeding fines double in construction zones.

Be aware of your surroundings

Workers. Machinery. Moving construction vehicles with mounds of debris. There are plenty of things to be aware of while traveling through a construction zone. Take in what’s in your peripheral vision, and what could potentially affect you as a driver. It’s also a good idea to flip your headlights on if they aren’t already on. 

Give other drivers space

There is absolutely no reason to be tailgating anyone on the road, but especially no reason to be tailgating other vehicles in a construction zone. Allow the driver ahead of you adequate space on the road. Keep an eye out for their brake lights, too. With the space you provide them on the road, this will allow you the option of not having to immediately slam on your brakes should the driver ahead of you need to tap theirs.

Have zero distractions

Now is not the time to change the radio station, fiddle with the air conditioner or dig around in your purse for your chapstick. Keep both hands on the wheel at all times, and keep your eyes on the road ahead of you.

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