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Trucking: safe navigation through construction zones

Safe Navigation Through Construction Zones

Navigating through a construction zone safely is difficult even for the most skilled drivers. One of the major causes
of accidents in construction zones is not payng attention to change, which can be through signage, traffic, changes
to the roadway, etc. Minimize distractions and have your full attention on the road. Also, during the pre-trip
planning research, note construction zones and be prepared to take extra caution during that portion of the trip.
If possible choose an alternative route when there is a significant amount of construction in one area or stretch of

Things 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 since maneuvering a large truck can take more time than a passenger vehicle
so adjusting ahead of the change is critical
• Be alert to 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 a 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
• When roadways narrow pay particular attention to vehicles 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
• If unexpected construction pops up and causes a delay, wait until outside of the work area to inform others of
a 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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