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CONSTRUCTION WORK ZONES
who have no problems in routine driving may encounter them where road
construction or repair is under way.
look out for construction warnings on highways. Some are not as easy to notice
as they should be, and perhaps you may not want to see them, may not want to be
drivers who suddenly round a bend at high speed and come on barricades and a
survey party, a road maintenance vehicle, or perhaps a piece of heavy equipment
in their lane or entering it, will slow down the hard way. In one case, sudden
braking for a barricade caused a semi‑trailer truck to overturn. Heed the
worst thing a driver can do when slowing down or stopped by unaccustomed road
conditions is to lose your temper at the annoyance and take chances in order to
make up time, or merely to get an unpleasant situation behind him. The mature
driver takes these things in stride, doing what must done safely to protect
themselves and others.
driver who stays alert for advance warning signs and prepares to follow them
does protect others. Drivers who do not see or who ignore warning signs and who
crash into work areas are a leading cause of death for on the job highway
construction workers. Drivers should not resent the necessary slowdown caused by
road work but should seek to cooperate. Above all, slow down for the small work
party which may not have protected itself with adequate signs and barricades.
drivers who speed past construction sites where men work close to the road and
where signs call for slow speeds sometimes hit employees or vehicles who have
strayed from the site onto the road. It does not matter that "the other
guy" should not have been there; there is blame on both sides.
and debris that may get on the road from the work site can be picked up by
speeding vehicles and thrown at the employees on the site. The road is left open
as a convenience to motorists, and they should reciprocate by driving safely
past the site.
people who direct traffic around a road construction project are highly visible
in their bright orange vests, as they hold up their "Stop" and
"Go" signs and inform drivers what they must do to get through a
single lane bypass. Only the foolish driver will ignore their directions. In
many states, disobeying a flag people and speeding in construction work zones is
serious business punishable by fines and imprisonment if it results in a bodily
injury accident. In most cases, the slowdown is not serious; no one is delayed
knowledgeable driver enters a bypass lane, they know the pavement may not be as
smooth as that of the expressway. In fact, it is likely to be rough and uneven,
possibly full of potholes. Very often it is muddy and slippery. The good driver
enters the bypass slowly and carefully. It is a known fact that lurching and
swaying through at higher than posted speed limits could cause the loss of
construction projects are so located that a bypass along side the work site is
not possible. This is true in particular when a bridge is being replaced. In
such cases a long detour is required, usually back at a crossroads that connects
to an alternate route.
detours may involve more hazardous driving than a short bypass. They often make
use of secondary roadways, or even unimproved country lanes. Use extreme caution
to negotiate unexpected sharp turns in the detour without mishap.
type of detour that may catch the flat country driver unaware is that which
involves poorly maintained mountain roads. Any driver who is likely to encounter
such driving should consider a few pointers:
Long pulls on uphill grades and steep inclines where excessive speeds can
trap the unwary driver are to be expected in mountain driving.
If the engine overheats in a long pull in high altitude, find a wide
shoulder and stop. Raise the hood and let the engine cool.
Slow down before entering a downgrade, or you may be fooled by the
increase in speed.
Steady, gentle pressure on the brake pedal is better than intermittent
heavy braking, which does not allow enough time between jabs to cool overheated
Shift to a lower gear on a steep downgrade and let the engine help with
Do not downshift suddenly if the pavement is slippery. Sudden engine
braking might cause a skid.
If your vehicle continues to gain speed after downshifting, slow with the
brakes and shift to an even lower gear.
Never coast downhill in neutral or with a depressed clutch.
Never turn off the ignition when going downhill.
Stay on your side of the road and avoid the temptation to pass other
vehicles, or to cut corners or swing wide on curves.
Maintain a greater space cushion (following distance) behind other
vehicles than usual when going downhill, since it takes longer to slow down or
driving on any kind of extended detour, be sure to watch for all detour turn
signs, or you may get far off your course on uncharted roads. Remember that
detour signs are considered temporary, and they may not be displayed as
prominently as permanent road signs.
detour routes may include some stretches of good pavement, slower speeds are
normally called for. Resist the tendency to pass another vehicle.
construction projects may be annoying, but they're necessary, so let's make the
best of detours and always drive like a proŚwith caution and good sense.
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