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Safe navigation through construction zones

Safe navigation through construction zones

Navigating through a construction zone safely is largely dependent on one key area. That is attention to change which can be through signage, traffic, changes to the roadway etc. During the pre-trip planning research, note construction zones that may be along the path and be prepared to take extra caution during that portion of the trip or re-route to avoid these areas all together.

Areas to consider:

  • It is important for truck drivers to heed sign directions such as merging, slowing or a lane curving sharply; and to do so as soon as they are seen; It takes a large truck more time to maneuver especially in a congested area/construction zone so adjusting ahead of the change is critical
  • Be alert to other aggressive drivers in the area that may be trying to get around in and out of traffic; being aware of who is in or out of the blind spot is essential in these situations
  • Many times in construction zones cars drive bumper to bumper with no buffer zone for stopping; although moving with traffic and getting through the area is important, leave generous room to stop if cars were to start slowing
  • When roadways narrow pay special attention to cars in the passing lane; give a safe distance to those that drift onto the center line in these areas
  • Stay alert to construction workers, vehicles and heavy equipment that may be entering or exiting the work zone
  • If there is unexpected construction which delays the trip, wait until outside of the work area to inform others of the change in arrival time


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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