Work zones are parts of a road under construction. Consider these tips when driving through a work zone – for your own safety and that of road workers.
1Take your time
Road equipment and workers may be only feet from your vehicle. Pay close attention at all times, and especially in conditions of low visibility, congestion, or inclement weather. Traffic fines can also double in construction zones when workers are present.
2Expect the unexpected
Vehicles or equipment can enter your lane with no warning, so stay alert and watch brake lights on vehicles ahead. Know that traffic patterns can change daily. Merge into the proper lane well before you reach a lane closure.
3Read the signs
Watch for the orange and black signs that give warnings and information. Respond quickly to flaggers and other road workers.
4Use your signals
Use turn signals, and emergency flashers if you come to a full stop. Turn on headlights to make your vehicle more visible.
5Beware of bumps
Be careful near height changes in lanes, worn roadway surfaces, and uneven pavement. If there is a motorcycle or bicycle nearby, exercise extreme caution.