Roadwork can be frustrating, but it is a necessary fact of life.
When you have to be somewhere and traffic builds because of roadwork, it can be easy to become impatient – which can be dangerous in a work zone. Did you know work zones are a major cause of auto accidents? During 2012, these accidents resulted in 609 fatalities and about 32,000 injuries.¹
Here are some tips that can help you and others stay safe when there is roadwork ahead:
- Be prepared for the unexpected. Things can change quickly in work zones. Slowed or stopped traffic, a traffic lane closure, or equipment and workers on the roadway are all possible.
- Slow down. More than one-third of fatal accidents in work zones are caused by speeding.² Obey the posted speed limit, even if you do not see any work currently in progress.
- Keep a safe following distance. Rear-end collisions account for 30 percent of work zone accidents.³ Keep a safe distance between you and other cars and construction workers and equipment to help avoid accidents.
- Obey road crew flaggers and road signs. Flaggers and warning signs are there to help all drivers move safely through the work zone.
- Stay alert and focused. Your full attention should be on the road. Multitasking while driving is never recommended, especially through a work zone.
- Keep up with traffic. Do not slow down to watch the roadwork.
- Plan ahead. Before hitting the road, check a traffic report for delays. Be sure to plan enough time to help you reach your destination on time.
- Be patient. While roadwork can be an inconvenience, remember that the crews are working to improve roads and make everyone’s drive safer.