National Work Zone Awareness Week 2022
Each day, large truck and bus drivers face unique safety challenges such as long stopping distances, wide turns, large blind spots, and more. These challenges are particularly heightened when navigating work zones, as these areas often include narrowed lanes, sudden stops, traffic pattern shifts, and uneven road surfaces. And with spring here, more work zones will be popping up throughout the country so it’s important to be be prepared before getting behind the wheel.
National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 11–15) kicks off this year’s road construction season, and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) wants to make sure everyone is taking extra care when driving in these areas, particularly when sharing the road with large trucks and buses. Here are some tips to keep in mind as you approach work zones:
· Research your route. Before setting out on the road, check for upcoming work zones. When possible, avoid them and use available detours.
· Pay close attention. You should always keep your eyes on the road, but this is especially important in work zones. Avoid distractions such as your phone or eating and drinking.
· Keep your distance. Rear-end crashes are extremely common in work zones — always maintain extra space between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
Together, we can prevent crashes in work zones by following and sharing these simple safety tips with loved ones. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, so please help us raise awareness during Work Zone Awareness Week and all year round.
Here are a few ways to get involved:
· Download shareable materials from the Our Roads, Our Safety work zone safety webpage.
· Follow the Our Roads, Our Safety Facebook page throughout the week for easy-to-share tips and posts.
· Check out news, resources, and weekly events from on the NWZAW website and the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse.