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Work Zone Driving

Facts

·         During the past 5 years in work zone crashes more than:

·         4,400 persons died (85 percent of which was the driver or passenger)

·         200,000 persons were injured

·         Drivers are the most frequent fatality in work zone crashes

·         Most work zone fatalities involve working-age adults

·         Rear-end crashes (running into the rear of a slowing or stopping vehicle) are the most common type of work zone crash.

·         Fatal work zone crashes occur most often in summer and fall.

·         The majority of fatal work zone crashes occurred on roads with speed limits greater than 50 mph.

·         Stopping distance for motor vehicles at 50 mph:

·         Dry roadway~300 feet

·         Wet roadway~400 feet

·         Icy pavement~1250 feet

·         A loaded 80,000 lb. tractor-trailer requires almost 50 percent more stopping distance.

·         It takes only an extra 25 seconds to cover 1 mile at 45 mph compared to 65 mph.


Safety Tips for the Driver

Remember these driving tips to avoid "A Sudden Change in Plans" and perhaps save a life including your own!

Stay Alert and Minimize Distractions

·         Dedicate your full attention to the roadway

·         Avoid changing the radio station, using a mobile phone, eating, or other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road

Keep Your Headlights On

Pay Attention to the Road

·         "Listen to the signs"

·         Watch brake lights on vehicles ahead

·         Watch traffic around you and be prepared to react

Merge into the Proper Lane

·         Merge well before you reach the lane closure

·         Be aware that traffic patterns can change daily

Don't tailgate

·         Follow other vehicles at a safe distance

Obey the Posted Speed Limit

·         Workers may be present just feet away

·         Fines may be doubled for moving traffic violations

·         Be prepared to slow down further if conditions indicate the need

Change Lanes Safely

·         Change lanes only where pavement markings indicate, and only when traffic conditions permit

Follow Instructions from Flaggers

Expect the Unexpected

·         Workers, work vehicles, or equipment may enter your lane without warning

·         Other vehicles may slow, stop, or change lanes unexpectedly

Be Patient

 

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