When driving in a construction zone, drivers must reprioritize many aspects of their road behavior. Truckers, especially, must pay close attention and follow flaggers’ directions, which are often specific to the work being done in a particular section of the roadway.
In addition, speed must be reduced to a safe level for the conditions present in that area of the road. Drivers that ignore the lower speed limit and fail to pay close attention to the changing roadway and traffic patterns can find themselves in a crash with expensive results.
Distracted driving is also a significant problem for drivers in construction zones. It is important to minimize distractions like music, conversations and phone calls while driving in these areas. Truckers in particular should be on alert for the presence of other vehicles and pedestrians that may enter their blind spots.
Always check mirrors and blind spots regularly, particularly when approaching a curve or merging into another lane of traffic. Then take the time to signal well in advance and merge only when pavement markings indicate that it is safe to do so and traffic conditions permit.
Increasing your following distance is also a good idea. Many accidents occur because of sudden stops, and if you are too close to the vehicle in front of you when they do so, it could lead to an accident or a rear-end collision. Be sure to leave at least two or three car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you.