Large trucks and buses have limited maneuverability and large blind spots, which makes driving in work zones more challenging for them. All road users can stay safe while traveling through these areas with these tips from the Our Roads, Our Safety partnership.
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Share these social media tips to amplify the message of road safety in work zones, especially around large trucks and buses.
Suggested Social Post: Reduced speeds and sudden stops are common in work zones. Be sure to slow down and avoid distractions. Don’t allow anything to take your concentration away from the road. www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ourroads/tips-traveling-safely-work-zones #OurRoads
Keep Your Distance
Suggested Social Post: Narrow lanes, sudden stops & traffic pattern shifts present challenges for CMVs in work zones. Rear-end crashes in these areas are common. Never cut off a truck or bus. Always maintain space between your vehicle & the one in front of you. www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ourroads/tips-traveling-safely-work-zones #OurRoads
Suggested Social Post: When approaching lane closures, move into the open lane as soon as possible. Be sure to pay close attention to vehicles around you that could be in your blind spot. Note that traffic patterns can change rapidly, and drivers should always follow signs and direction from flaggers. www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ourroads/tips-traveling-safely-work-zones #WorkZoneSafety #OurRoads
Suggested Social Post: A work zone is an area where road construction, maintenance or utility work takes place. Safety for crews in work zones, as well as the vehicles that travel through them, is critically important. Drivers must be on watch for workers coming in and out of work zones, including flaggers who may be directing traffic patterns. https://fmcsa.dot.gov/ourroads/tips-traveling-safely-work-zones #WorkZoneSafety #OurRoads
Suggested Social Post: Stay alert and be on the lookout for upcoming work zones. As you approach one, slow down and pay attention to signs guiding traffic. Reduced speeds and sudden stops are common, be prepared to stop unexpectedly. Note that fines for speeding in work zones are often doubled. https://fmcsa.dot.gov/ourroads/tips-traveling-safely-work-zones #WorkZoneSafety #OurRoads
Margin of Safety
Suggested Social Post: Rear-end crashes are extremely common in work zones. Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and never tailgate. Make sure to give trucks and buses plenty of space to merge during lane changes and avoid lingering in blind spots. www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ourroads/tips-traveling-safely-work-zones #WorkZoneSafety #OurRoads
Suggested Social Post: Always research your route before you hit the road and check for upcoming work zones. When possible, avoid them completely by using any marked detours that are available. www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ourroads/tips-traveling-safely-work-zones
Work Zone Fact Sheet
On average, over 700 fatalities occur in work zones each year. Keep yourself and the people around you safe while traveling through them with tips from our fact sheet.