NORTHERN TRAILER AND THE WISCONSIN D.O.T. WANT EVERYONE TO BE SAFE DURING THE SUMMER OF 2014 CONSTRUCTION SEASON!
Work zone safety
Each year in Wisconsin, both highway workers and motorists are killed and injured in crashes that happen in highway construction zones.
Recognizing work zones
Major road construction that lasts for weeks and weeks. Emergency vehicles at the side of the road. A TRACTOR AND TRAILER flashing its warning lights. The everyday garbage pickup. In Wisconsin, they’re all work zones.
Any time people are working in a street or highway near traffic, drivers and workers are at risk. Being able to identify the work zones up ahead can save lives. So learn the signs of a work zone: flashing lights, utility or emergency vehicles, orange signs, flags, barrels and cones. And, of course, people.
Driving in work zones
To protect themselves and others, drivers need to slow down whenever they see flashing lights, or move over, if possible, to leave the lane beside the work zone open. In some construction areas, lowered speed limits are posted and must be obeyed at all times.
Remember, when you enter a work zone, be patient. Worrying about the time and traffic won’t get you anywhere faster. Instead, slow down and pay attention to your surroundings. These tips can help you get in and out of a work zone safely:
Don’t fool around. Eliminate distractions like eating, drinking, talking on the phone, or fiddling with electronic devices.
Expect the unexpected. Speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed, and people and vehicles may be working on or near the road.
Slow down. A car traveling 60 mph travels 88 feet per second, and the faster you go the longer it takes to stop.
Give yourself room. Rear-end collisions are the most common work zone crashes, so don’t tailgate.
Allow about three seconds of braking distance. Look for signs. Orange, diamond-shaped signs usually give you ample warning of lane closings, construction areas, and flaggers and other workers ahead.
Be patient. If you don’t see workers, that doesn’t mean they’re not there. Observe the signs until you see one that says you’ve left the work zone.
Plan ahead. Leave early or map out an alternate route. Find the latest road conditions and work zone news at