Ask most people about what causes them the most misery on the road and you can bet that road works would be towards the top of the list.Of course, road works are a necessary part of our driving life and a condition that you need to treat with great care.

 

 

Unfortunately, many people see road works as just a major inconvenience and whilst this is often the case, it’s important to understand that these areas represent a heightened level of potential risks.

 

However, many drivers fail to understand these risks and the dangers that could be lurking just around the corner.

 

 

Road works can present a wide range of potential dramas.

 

 

These can include:

  • The likelihood of large earthmoving equipment.
  • Changed traffic conditions such as closed lanes and detours.
  • Narrower than normal lanes.
  • Fewer lanes and lanes merging together
  • Reduced grip levels.
  • Uneven road surfaces and deep edges
  • Reduced levels of visibility.
  • People working at the road edge.
  • Traffic flow will be slower than normal and may even be stopped ahead.

 

It is also important to remember that these areas are work places for the road building teams and engineers, and the last thing they need is to have drivers ignoring safety warnings.

 

Dealing with road works comes back to modifying your driving to suit these adverse conditions. Be aware that if there are road works happening in your area that the road may have changed from the last time you drove on it.

 

 

Watch out for these potential hazards and reduce your speed. Also make sure that you obey the traffic signs around the site. They are there for a reason. Allow a little extra time and take the road works into account.

 

 

Here are some tips to help you deal with road works:

  1. Look as far ahead as you can and be prepared for the unexpected
  2. Reduce your speed and obey speed limits
  3. Don't tailgate and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you
  4. Pay attention to the signs and obey directions
  5. Stay alert and minimize distractions
  6. Be patient and stay calm

 

Finally remember that no matter how inconvenient they are at the time, the end result will be worth it. So treat these areas with the respect they deserve.

 

Drive Safely
Russell White - Driversafety.com.au