8 Ways to Stay Safe in the Orange Cone Zone
As drivers, passengers, cyclists, motorcyclists, and pedestrians, we are all responsible for keeping work zones safe. Though road workers are often among the victims of work zone crashes, four out of five victims are actually drivers and their passengers.
8 tips for driving safely in and around work zones:
- Know Before You Go. Check your phone apps, agency websites, and the radio for the latest traffic information to ensure a safe and timely trip.
- Wear Your Seatbelt. It is your best defense in a crash.
- Expect the Unexpected. Work zones change often. The area you drove through yesterday may look different today.
- Avoid Distractions. Distracted driving in a work zone can have deadly consequences. Put down your phone and keep your eyes on the road.
- Pay Attention to Other Drivers. Narrowed traffic patterns provide less ability to maneuver around other vehicles safely. Paying attention can prevent the need for evasive actions in work zones.
- Don't Speed or Tailgate. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you and don't speed. Tailgating and speeding lead to crashes with other vehicles and workers.
- Obey Road Crews and Signs. Flaggers know how best to move traffic safely in work zones. The warning signs are there to help you and other drivers move safely.
- Be Patient and Stay Calm. Work zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your future drive better. Stay calm and drive safely.
*Statistics from the Federal Highway Administration