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The more you know, the safer the zone

We Manitobans often say that construction and winter are our two seasons. While that might seem true, especially as road construction sites are popping up all over the province, you don’t need to let construction get you down.

Here are some tips to make your drive safer – for you and for construction workers.

1. Expect the unexpected.
Workers may come around the back of machines, or the machines themselves may move. Lane changes can happen quickly. Keep your eyes open and watch out for sudden changes to your surroundings.

2. Read the signs.
Lane change signs, signs held by flagpersons, reduced speed limit signs – be aware of what the signs are telling you and follow their lead.

3. Changing lanes.
If you see a lane change sign, don’t rush up to the closure and try to push your way in. Merge as soon as is safely possible – and don’t forget to use your signal. If everyone were to do this, traffic would be much quicker through construction zones!

4. Have patience.
If you’re stuck in a construction zone and traffic is moving at a snail’s pace – or worse – take a moment to remember we’re all in this together. Losing your cool won’t make things move quicker.

5. Take it slow.
Reduced speeds aren’t posted in construction zones to make drivers irritated – they’re there to keep workers and drivers safe. Even if workers don’t appear to be present, they might be out of sight. Take it easy (and refer again to Tip #1). Taking it slow will protect your wallet, too, as speed fines are doubled in construction zones.

6. Keep your distance.
Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of collisions in road construction zones. Allowing more distance between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you, plus maintaining a slower speed, will prevent it from happening to you.

7. Anticipate delays.
If you know you’re going to be driving through construction, plan ahead. Leave yourself time so you can make your journey safely – and without too much stress.