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10. Sharing the Road

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Sharing in Work Zones (cont.)

Remember that normal driving conditions do not exist in and around work zones. Anticipate events and be ready to respond quickly. Proceed with extreme caution, and keep an eye out for the unexpected.

When you are inside of a work zone, there are usually signs that direct motorists through the work zone safely. Look for signs that tell you if there are other unusual events, such as uneven pavement or no shoulder. You should obey all work zone signs. Do not become oblivious to work zone signs when the work is long term or widespread.

Work zone hazards include uneven pavement, narrow lanes, concrete barricades, heavy or slow-moving equipment, loose gravel, and vehicles making sudden stops.

Drive at the posted speed, which often has been decreased through the work zone. The penalty for speeding violations in a work zone is a fine equal to twice the amount that would normally be assessed.

Do not change lanes or pass other vehicles in work zones, unless instructed to do so by signs or signal persons.

Leave plenty of room between your car and the one in front of you. Unexpected stops frequently occur in work zones. Keeping at least three to four seconds of space between you and the vehicle in front is a good rule to follow. Also keep a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic barriers, trucks, construction equipment and workers.

Pay attention and stay calm. Work zones are not intended to disrupt your schedule. They are there to improve the road and help everyone stay on schedule.

Give full attention to the driving task. A roadway work zone is not the time to pick up and dial your cell phone, change the CD, look at the map or read the newspaper.

Don't stop or slow down to watch road work. Keep your eyes scanning the road ahead until you have completely moved through the work zone area.

Be extra cautious at night when moving through work zones, when obstacles such as barrels or road cones could be lying in the roadway.

Fines are doubled for certain violations committed in highway construction or maintenance zones when workers are present and/or traffic is regulated or restricted by Caltrans or local authorities.


Lesson Summary


  

Lesson 10 Quiz


You will now answer 5 questions to test what you learned during this lesson. You must answer all questions correctly to receive completion credit for this lesson. You may answer the questions as many times as necessary to get them right.

You should review the lesson material if you don't do well on the quiz.

  1. Pedestrians comprise about what ratio of traffic fatalities?


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  2. If you fail to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights:


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  3. In the United States, a bicyclist is killed:


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  4. The most common collision in a work zone is from:


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  5. An orange trianglular sign on the back of a vehicle means:


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