Drivers should always be prepared for construction zones, but may not be aware of the safest ways to navigate these. Here are a few tips courtesy of the Washington State Department of Transportation to help you safely navigate these areas:
1. Expect the unexpected
There is a reason why the speed limits are slower in construction zones. That is because you may encounter lane shifts, people on the roads and more unexpected phenomena.
2. Slow down
While it might not seem that bad, 60 MPH is still a high speed. Therefore, to protect your Washington State Department of Transportation workers, you should slow down to the construction zone speed limit.
3. Listen to the flagger
You must be ready to listen to the flagger or other traffic control workers. Failing to do so can result in a citation because these people are the regulatory signs in these zones.
4. Be patient
While work zones can pose inconveniences to drivers, the goal is to improve the roads. Therefore, drivers should try to exercise extra patience and refrain from getting angry while driving in construction zones.
5. Adhere to the signage
The signs set up in construction zones can provide important information and instructions. These inform you of what to expect and which rules to adhere to while driving through the area. Be sure to pay attention to these and follow the rules accordingly.
6. Be defensive
To avoid a work zone accident, you should stay a safe distance from cones, construction workers and equipment. Defensive driving can ensure that you and the highway workers make it home safely at the end of the day.
These tips help you safely navigate construction zones and avoid these costly accidents. Failing to adhere to these rules can result in harming workers or other drivers on the roads, as well as putting yourself in harm’s way.