5 Tips for Drivers to Avoid Accidents in Work Zones
Today kicks off National Work Zone Awareness Week, which focuses on informing the public about the importance of driving safely and adhering to speed limits.
Unfortunately, workers are put in danger when people drive recklessly in work zones, and this behavior can have dangerous consequences. Tragically, an Alabama construction worker, Clay Crutcher, was killed last month by a car when he was working in a designated work zone.
According to the most recent data available on workzonesafety.org, there were 710 fatal crashes and 799 fatalities in work zones in the U.S. in 2017. In Alabama, there were 21 fatal crashes and 24 fatalities that year.
These fatalities could have been prevented, and it is heartbreaking to think about the family members and friends of the victims who will always be grieving the tragic loss of their loved ones who were taken too soon in work zone accidents.
The theme of this year’s awareness week is “Drive Like You Work Here,” to remind drivers to drive safely.
What can you do to be a better driver and prevent serious or fatal accidents in work zones? Let’s take a look at some helpful tips.
Don’t Speed – Follow the posted work zone speed limit and drive cautiously.
Don’t Drive Distracted – Stay alert and focused on your surroundings, and pay attention to signs on the road and workers who may be flagging you along the route.
Don’t Follow Too Closely – Make sure there is enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you to avoid crashes.
Plan a Different Route– To avoid delays, look for another route to your destination that does not go through a work zone.
Always Wear a Seat Belt – This is a must! Make sure you and your passengers always buckle up.
We hope that by understanding how important it is to drive cautiously in work zones and by following these helpful tips, drivers and workers alike will be safe, and lives will ultimately be saved.
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