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Have you heard that saying that the first real sign of spring is when the traffic cones start blooming alongside the road? In West Virginia, road construction starts the moment that the winter weather starts to clear and usually continues until the snow starts falling again.

With that in mind, let’s talk about construction zone safety. Here are some safety reminders about how to make sure that everyone (you included) makes it home at the end of the day:

  • Be patient and slow down: Excessive speed is among the biggest causes of accidents under most circumstances. That’s especially true in a construction zone. Look for the posted speed and stay below it.
  • Be prepared for unexpected events: Even following the speed limit isn’t always enough. A truck or a flagger may be in the road up ahead, so expect sudden slowdowns and give the vehicle in front of you extra space in case they make a sudden stop.
  • Stay alert and keep your eyes on the road: If you’re overly fatigued, get off the road until it’s safe to drive. Put away your cell phone, turn off the radio and focus on the traffic around you as you pass through a site.
  • Pay attention to flaggers and signs: Don’t wait until the last minute to merge lanes and don’t crowd a flagger with your vehicle.

Playing it safe in a construction zone is the best way to make sure that your road trip goes off without any problems. However, you can’t control what other drivers are doing — and some of them may not be as safety-minded as you. If you’re in a crash caused by a reckless driver, find out about your options for seeking compensation.