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Practicing vigilance to stay safe in construction zones

For many busy commuters in California, the inconvenience of having to drive through a construction zone can be a little more than annoying. Often, construction zones mean delayed time, slower speeds and confusing configurations. However, more than an annoyance, construction zones can pose a very real danger to drivers who are impatient, ignorant or reckless. 

When motorists encounter a construction zone, their vigilance in following the rules of the road, adhering to modified guidelines and reduced speeds, and being respectful of the workers can keep them and other drivers safe. According to Safelite Auto Glass, some of the hazards that motorists should look for and pay attention to in a construction zone include the following:

  • Flaggers or people who are directing traffic.
  • Sudden lane changes or splits.
  • Pavement that is uneven.
  • Fluctuating speed limits.

Staying safe in a construction zone is accomplished in large part by people who are committed to paying full attention to the road ahead of them, reading signs and following the rules. The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration suggests some things that drivers can do including the following:

  • Following the designated speed limits.
  • Staying in their lane and not changing lanes in areas where it is prohibited.
  • Putting away anything that could be distracting and focusing their attention on staying alert. 
  • Watching for people directing traffic and obeying what they are saying.
  • Keeping their headlights on.

People should always make sure they are maintaining more than the average following distance as well, to guarantee that they have plenty of time to stop in a construction zone.  

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