Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Drive Smart and Safe Around Work Zones

Here's good advice from the Federal Highway Administration regarding work zone driving safety:
  • Pay Close Attention.
  • Signs and work zone flaggers save lives.
  • Don't Tailgate.
  • Keep Up with the Traffic Flow.
  • Minimize Distractions - avoid changing radio stations and using a mobile phone while driving in a work zone.
  • Be Patient.
  • Remember that work zone crews are improving your future ride.

According to the FHWA, annually in U.S. work zones there are over 800 fatal and over 40,000 serious injury crashes. In addition, congestion and delays are mounting, and the frustration level of the driver is rising.

As temperatures rise and more and more work crews are out on our roadways, let's remember the above tips and drive safely.

And to help, you can search a database of road construction projects in the U.S. and Canada so you'll know what that work zone you pass everyday is for, and when it's scheduled to be completed.

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