Be it on the highways or the byways, roadwork is inevitable and something fleet drivers will encounter from time to time. Navigating around temporary barriers, orange cones and blinking lights can be dangerous. Now is a good time to remind your fleet drivers to drive with caution in construction zones.
Experts including attorneys from Friend, Levinson & Turner offer the following advice:
Slow down — A work zone means the road may be bumpy, and steering may be more challenging. Debris may fall near the vehicle. It's also wise to slow down, so you have more time to react to other drivers who may attempt to speed through the work zone.
Follow directions — If there's a person directing traffic at the work zone, be sure to respect that individual and follow direction. For example, don't advance your vehicle until that official waves you on.
Turn on lights — This ensures that the fleet vehicle can be seen by those ahead or behind you.
Be prepared to stop — Always stay alert and expect the unexpected. You may have to suddenly come to halt, so be prepared.
Never Tailgate — Rear-end collisions are the most common work zone crash. Stopping distance at 50 miles per hour is 300 feet. Simply put, you need more space between you and the car ahead of you.