Work Zones!

Work zones and safety is a big issue on our roads today. There is so much construction in every state on our highways and interstates. Bridge work is a very big one. Our bridge infrastructure has deteriorated over the years and now they need repaired or replaced.

Construction Ahead!

Construction zone

Be mindful of construction zones. Drive with extra caution and obey the speed limits and laws which differ in each state. The last thing anyone wants to do is hit a construction worker, barriers or the equipment.

Driving in these zones requires a heightened state of alertness. Many times, you may have merged from two lanes to one. When this happens, you have a merging point where everyone is trying to cut you off. Let them in and keep moving. One or two vehicles ahead of you will make no difference at all. Courtesy is the best reaction. When I let someone merge in front of me I look at it as a good deed for the day.

I travel a lot in the quad-state area of PA, MD, VA and WV. There seems to be construction zones in all states. The state of MD uses Speed Cameras in their work zones. They issue a citation if you are going 12 mph or more over the posted work area speed limit. If the speed limit is 55 mph then you would have to be doing at least 67 mph to get caught. If you see a flash as you go by, there is a good chance it got you speeding.

Important Safety Tips:

  • Drive the posted speed limit
  • Turn all your lights on
  • Maintain a safe following distance
  • Be patient and courteous
  • No “Rubber Necking”
  • Pay attention to your surroundings
  • Always wear your seat belt

You should also become familiar with the laws of the state you are in. They are all different. The laws are very strict in construction zones. Speeding laws differ from state to state in work zones, but most states double the fines in work zones. Either way it will hurt through big fines and big points. I always said its not the fines as much as the points on your driving record that hurt the most.

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Defensive Driving!

As a commercial driver you must be constantly checking the road conditions. When you approach a car or suv you need to remember they don’t always know how big trucks operate.

Defensive techniques for Work Zones:

  • Scan 15 seconds or a quarter mile ahead on interstates
  • Scan one to two blocks ahead in cities
  • Check your mirrors every 8-10 seconds
  • Use your turn signals and brakes to notify other drivers of your intentions
  • Know when to slow down
  • Allow for extra following distance
  • Keep scanning for workers and equipment

Don't Forget the Flaggers in Work Zones!

Flagger at work zone

Flaggers have a very dangerous job also. They must stop and direct traffic. If a driver is approaching and not paying attention it could cause an accident or death. The flaggers are human beings and they have families too. Please respect the flaggers. They want to go home to their families just like everyone else.

I have done my share of flagging with my current job. It is hard to believe how belligerent people get. They yell and scream, call me number one and even drive right on through. All I can do is get out of the way.

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