Road construction season begins in April, which means drivers need to be prepared for work zone hazards.
The work zone environment is dangerous—for both drivers and roadway workers. Large, slow-moving vehicles frequently enter and exit work zones, while workers on foot perform duties throughout the area. Research from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shows large trucks have more accidents in work zones than other vehicles. Passenger-vehicle drivers, congestion and visibility issues can complicate the work zone environment. FMCSA advises professional drivers to:
- Fasten your safety belt.
- Slow down.
- Stay alert.
- Plan ahead.
- Give yourself plenty of room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
- Drive defensively.
This post was written by Timothy J. O'Brien