Safer summer roads: Share with workers and cyclists

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May 29 2014 / By DriveitHOME

Safer summer roads: Share with workers and cyclists

Today we’re featuring lessons on how to handle road construction and motorcyclists – both common during the summer months.

Work Zones

Road construction is a necessary nuisance. How else can our roads be maintained or potholes be repaired?

A work zone presents unique dangers. Following the rules associated with work zones is the first big step toward being safe.

Slow to the posted speed limit. Slow down even more if you see workers, especially flaggers who might direct you to stop if there is a hazard ahead.

Tell your teen to keep his or her eyes moving so it’s easy to notice workers, slow moving equipment, gear that might be sticking out into traffic lanes, dirt and debris on the road, clouds of dust kicked up by earth movers and temporary signs.

Also, explain to your teen the importance of being patient. Because of the special hazards and risks in work zones, most states step up enforcement by increasing fines and police patrols.

Put those scanning the road habits to use and watch for debris and workers. This will be a real test of your teen’s skills!

Sharing the Road with Two-Wheel Vehicles

Your teen will be sharing the road with motorcycles, scooters, mopeds and bicycles. Their size makes these vehicles particularly vulnerable, so your teen needs to pay special attention.

When you go driving with your teen this week, see if you can spot any two-wheel vehicles. Discuss these safety tips with your teen:

  • Check carefully for these vehicles before making a right turn. The drivers of two-wheel vehicles sometimes try to squeeze between your right side and the curb.
  • Check mirrors carefully before changing lanes. Then turn your head quickly to check your blind spot. These small vehicles can be easily hidden in blind spots.
  • Leave more following distance – 5 or 6 seconds rather than three. Two-wheel vehicles are lighter and can stop faster than cars. An extra margin of safety lets you stop before crashing into one!
  • Be careful when parked and opening a door – particularly if you are parked on the right side of a road and are sitting in the driver seat. It is sometimes difficult to see two-wheel vehicles and you wouldn’t want to have them smash into your door if you open it right in front of them.
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