It’s not uncommon to see highway workers doing construction throughout the warmer months. It’s important to be aware of work zone and follow certain precautions to ensure the safety of yourself, the workers, and the other drivers on the road. Not every work zone has a flagger with a 24” hand held stop sign signaling motorists to stop. In some cases, especially on highways, it is up to the drivers to slow down and heed all cautionary traffic signs.

It’s these highway work zones that have the highest instance of accidents, injuries and fatalities. With a little caution it’s easy to protect everyone on the road when you come across these work zones. The following tips are all good practice for safe driving in work zones. Take note, because one day they may save a life.

Slow down

It may seem like a no-brainer, but most work zone accidents occur when drivers are speeding. Be sure to observe all posted work zone speeds to prevent an accident.

Leave room

It’s important to leave room between yourself and the driver in front of you. It’s not uncommon for drivers to have to brake quickly because a worker or piece of machinery may be obstructing their path. By leaving room you lower the likelihood of a rear end collision.

Use signals

Always use your turn signals or flashers to let other drivers know you are changing lanes, drastically slowing down, or stopping in a work zone. Because roads can be lacking shoulders r lanes can be tighter than normal, you need to let other drivers know what you’re doing.

Be patient

Above all, be patient when driving in work zones. This can be difficult if you’re running late or under stress, but remember anything can happen at any time. You need to be patient and observant to avoid accidents.