How to Safely Navigate Construction Zones
While road construction improves motorist safety in the long run, it actually increases the risks that drivers face in the short term.
Be prepared for road construction season in Alberta! These tips can help you safely navigate common construction zone hazards, such as lane closures, congestion, and workers and machinery on the road.
Before you enter a construction zone
- Adjust your speed to gradually slow down to the posted speed limit.
- Merge early if there are any lane closures or changes.
- Leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles.
- Be aware of and prepared for motorists who might cut in front of you.
While you’re in a construction zone
- Follow the posted speed limit, and slow down further if visibility or conditions are poor.
- Maintain ample space between vehicles and be prepared to stop suddenly.
- Watch for flaggers and follow their instructions.
- Be on the lookout for construction workers and machinery and be prepared to stop should they enter your lane.
- Steer clear of construction barrels and cones. Hitting these puts construction workers at risk and can also cause damage to other vehicles.
After you leave a construction zone
- Do not speed up prematurely. Start accelerating only once you’ve seen signage that clearly states you’ve left the construction zone.
Construction zone do’s and don’ts
- Be prepared to stop suddenly.
- Keep your headlights and tail lights on.
- Drive to the posted speed limit.
- Anticipate the actions of other motorists.
- Get distracted by construction activity.
- Drive too fast for conditions.
- Lose your patience.
Keeping this advice in mind will help you proceed safely through work zones and protect yourself, construction workers and other drivers on the road.