There’s no doubt that the majority of motorists strongly dislike roadworks. Besides, if it means hours of queuing and driving slowly when all you want to do is reach your destination then what’s to like? Although they can be a bit of a pain, they’re there in order to improve the conditions on the road, which essentially helps you, the driver.
According to Directgov, “every year road workers are killed and injured as they work to maintain and improve the motorway network.” This is because some drivers act carelessly around roadworks, as they’re either in a rush to get home or simply inpatient. You must always stick to the speed limits around roadworks, as these have been put in place in order to protect not only the road workers, but also fellow motorists like yourself. Remember that everyone is in the same position as you. Don’t risk the lives of others, including yourself, all for the sake of getting to your destination a little earlier.
It’s also vital that you don’t change lanes at the last moment, as you’ll cause further congestion. The Highways Agency states, “Feedback from our workers shows that too many drivers leave it to the last moment to change lane when lanes ahead are closed. This causes other drivers to brake which causes congestion as well as risking injuring our workers.”
Prepare when possible
If you enjoy listening to the radio while driving then try to listen out for any announcements regarding roadworks or changes in road conditions. This could help you to plan your journey around the roadworks or at least give you enough time to get prepared.
Minor roadworks may not be announced, but it’s important to expect the unexpected on every journey, especially if you’re travelling on an unfamiliar route.
Spot the signs
Roadwork signs are used in order to show drivers what expect. Some signs may be displayed by the side of the road or even to the back of working vehicles, depending on the duration of the work done to the road. You may also come across a high-visibility electronic sign; the message on these signs may change from time to time depending on the conditions of the roadworks. As soon as you notice a roadwork sign, prepare yourself and give yourself enough time to react accordingly.
What to look out for
You should always prepare yourself for a change in driving conditions. You should expect to see new traffic patterns and temporary speed limits, as well as the chance of lane closures, narrower lanes, potential detours and workers in the road.