5 Tips to Stay Safe in Work Zones
Traveling safely through work zones is important, especially when you’re around commercial motor vehicles.
Large trucks and buses have limited mobility and large blind spots which make navigating work zones even more challenging. Use these tips from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to stay safe:
1. Research your route.
Before heading out on the road, plan your route. When possible, avoid work zones and use available detours.
2. Pay attention.
Be aware of signs posted in work zones that indicate reduced speeds, lane changes and other important information. Avoid distractions like cell phones, eating, drinking, GPS and radios.
3. Slow down.
Lane closures, traffic pattern shifts and slower speeds are common in work zones. Be sure to slow down when entering a work zone and watch out for workers.
4. Move into the open lane.
When approaching lane closures, move into the open lane as soon as possible. Pay close attention to vehicles around you that could be in your blind spot, and make sure you’re not in someone else’s.
5. Keep your distance.
Rear-end crashes are extremely common in work zones. Maintain extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
Visit ShareTheRoadSafely.gov for more information on driving safely around large trucks and buses. For more driver safety tips visit transforce.com/blog.