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Travel Easy - Safety first... some tips for easy travel
For easier and safer travel, nothing beats planning in advance. And when you enter a work zone, it's important to obey the sign - merge, slow down and be careful. These are bottom-line necessities for safe and easy travel on any road.
These strategies will help you get through work zones with minimum stress.
- Know where the work zones are located and allow extra times to get through them.
- Avoid peak travel hours - between noon and 8 p.m. Fridays and Sundays. Expect delays.
- Watch for special instructions and advisories on electronic message boards as you approach major work zones.
- Slow down and merge cautiously and early.
- Pay attention. Be prepared for surprise slow-downs and speed-ups.
- Leave braking room between you and the car in front of you - approximately one car length for every 10 mph.
- Be calm. Work zones aren't meant to personally inconvenience you. Everyone's safety is dependent on your cooperation.
Remember, Wisconsin enforces these important laws:
- Buckle up for safety.
- If you are arrested for drunk driving, you will lose your license on the spot.
- Fines double in work zones.
- If you see law enforcement, towing, or road maintenance vehicles on the side of the road with their emergency lights on, change lanes or slow down.
- Stay back at least 200 feet when following maintenance vehicles.
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Last modified: March 27, 2012
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