Being a CDL driver is exciting, but it can also be dangerous. With spring popping up all around us and with summer not far behind, more and more cars are going to be on the road. The addition of all the orange barrels on the road is a sure sign that construction is about to begin, meaning you need to be alert.
Every eight hours, somebody dies in a work zone related accident and every nine minutes, someone is injured in a highway work zone. These accidents can be avoided. At THC we want our CDL drivers to be safe. By following our safe driving tips, you will help keep the road safe.
10 Tips for Safe Driving
- First and foremost, stay patient and stay calm. Work zones aren’t there to personally inconvenience you; they’re improving the road to make your job easier.
- Speeding is one of the leading causes of work zone related crashes. Slow down and take your time on the road.
- Stay alert and minimize your distractions. Dedicate your full attention to the road and resist the temptations to use your phone during construction.
- Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and construction workers. This demands the utmost skill as a professional driver. Barrels or barriers often restrict the lanes giving less of a margin error.
- Don’t tailgate other drivers. Keep a safe following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. Remember, the most common crash in a highway work zone is the rear end collision.
- Slow down! Construction zones means slower speed limits. Speeding is one of the leading cause of work zone related crashes so slow down and take your time.
- Keep up with the traffic. Don’t slow down so much that you cause more problems, but at the same time, don’t speed through construction zones. You can help maintain traffic flow and posted speeds by merging as soon as possible. Don’t drive right up to the lane closure and barge right in. That can be dangerous for you and fellow drivers.
- Always expect the unexpected. With work zones, traffic delays are bound to come. Traffic lanes may be changed and people may be working on or near the road. Because of this, people may fail to heed warning signs of construction signs. However, you shouldn’t let any of other drivers’ behavior surprise or frustrate you. Expect it and don’t over react.
- Make sure you pay attention to the signs. Warning signs are there to help traffic move safely in the work zone. Observe the posted signs and look out for where the work zone ends.
- Obey road crew flaggers. They know what is best for moving traffic safely in the work zone area. A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign. You can receive a citation for not obeying his or her directions.
These simple safety tips will keep you safe on the road and the other vehicles. The tips will also help you avoid road rage. Truck drivers are the heart of America they keep the economy moving. For more information about becoming a truck driver for THC, contact us now.