5 Tips for Construction Season Safety
At Diversified, we know construction is an inconvenient necessity that often makes getting where you’re going a little bit tougher. With the never-ending Alberta winter finally letting up, construction season is upon us. Here are a few tips to help us all remember how to be safe when driving in and around construction zones. Keeping these in mind will ensure everyone arrives #SafelyHome.
- Large construction vehicles require extra time and space to stop and turn because of their size and weight. Don’t ‘squeeze in’ in front of these vehicles in traffic especially when slowing down or stopping. Rear end collisions are the most common construction zone crash, so don’t invite one by driving recklessly.
- Stay safe by avoiding blind spots on large vehicles. Keep in mind that if you can’t see them, they likely can’t see you.
- Merge responsibly. Lane closures often cause congestion, so merge early and in advance of where the lane ends. Be courteous and let others merge in front of you to avoid frustration, this can cause other drivers to make aggressive and risky actions that put everyone in danger.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Obey the signage and construction site flagger personnel. Construction sites are always changing and it’s new for everyone, so slow down and expect the unexpected.
- Drive now, text later. Not only is texting and driving illegal, but construction adds additional unfamiliarity to your route that requires your undivided attention. Don’t drive distracted!