Safety Tip: Driving in Work Zones
VIDEO: The Toll of Work Zone Safety Lapses
With spring in full swing, road and highway construction projects have ramped up. That means drivers need to keep a watchful eye out for active work zones and respond with caution.
Work zones can be dangerous places and demand a driver’s undivided attention. The U.S. averages about 1,600 work zone crashes each year.
The California Department of Transportation offers these tips to promote work zone safety:
- Do not speed in work zones; obey the posted speed limits.
- Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
- Watch for workers; drive with caution.
- Don’t change lanes unnecessarily.
- Avoid using mobile phones while driving in work zones.
- Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
- Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
- Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
- Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
- Anticipate lane shifts, and merge when directed to do so.
- Be patient!
To watch a video about state efforts to raise public awareness of work zone safety, click on the photo or link below the headline.