You’re driving along, minding your business, when you suddenly find yourself entering a construction zone. There’s nothing you can do about it at this point, so it’s important to adjust your approach to the road to enhance your safety.
Here are some tips you can follow to safely drive through a construction zone:
- Slow down: Construction zones typically have a reduced speed limit, both for your safety as well as the workers in the area. Keep your eyes peeled for a speed limit sign, and then obey it until you leave the construction zone.
- Watch for workers: Other drivers pose a risk, but that doesn’t mean you should focus all your attention on them. Beware of construction workers in the area, particularly those who are in close proximity to the road.
- Follow the direction of any flaggers working the construction zone: Depending on the work that’s being done, there may be flaggers in the area telling you when to stop and when to go. Follow every order, as neglecting to do so puts yourself and others at risk.
When you follow these tips, you’ll find it easier to navigate through a construction zone with confidence.
If another driver doesn’t take as much caution as you, such as by speeding through a construction zone, they could cause a serious accident. Should this happen, find a safe place to pull over, if possible, and then assess your injuries.
After you receive treatment, review your insurance policy, file a claim with your agent and consider other steps you can take to protect your legal rights.