AAA issues 'Coping with Construction' alert, offering tips on staying safe on the road

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jun 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-15 17:22:26-04

Most deadly crashes in construction zones happen in the summer and the fall, said AAA Public Affairs Director Susan Hiltz Friday, adding that the "majority of fatal work zone crashes occurred on roads with speed limits greater that 50 mph."

AAA offering these work zone safety tips for drivers: 

*Stay alert and minimize distraction - Avoid changing the radio station, using a cell phone, eating, or any other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road.

*Turn your headlights on, even if it isn't required by law, and pay attention to the road.

*Watch for brake lights on vehicles ahead and be prepared to react.

*Merge into the proper lane and merge before your reach the lane closure.

*Don’t tailgate. Instead, follow other vehicles from a safe distance.

*Know before you go - check radio, TV, and websites for traffic information and schedule enough time to drive safely.

*Obey the posted speed limit. Normal speeds may be reduced, traffic lanes may be closed, narrowed, or shifted, and people may be working on or near the road.

*Change lanes safely and only where pavement markings indicate.

*Follow instructions from flaggers who are often used to stop and direct traffic in work zones.