The idea of teaching a child to drive can be quite daunting for some parents. Moreso, when you picture your child driving around a work zone, you can feel uneasy. That said, it is a necessary step because, one way or another, your child will have to be on the road. The least you can do is teach them about safety to keep them healthy. If your child is of the right age, here are some of the reasons why you need to teach them about safe driving in work zones.
You Will Be Saving Their Lives
Work zones are generally tricky to drive through. You can hit something, drive through a pothole, or something can fall on your car. Teaching your kids to be alert in such situations will come in handy. After all, your kid is bound to run into a construction zone on their route at one point. Every day, a new building is coming up and an old road is being repaved. By 2020, the construction equipment market is estimated to be about $140 billion globally. This is an industry that is large and growing. And while there is nothing you can do about that, you can teach your kids safety measures and protect their lives.
Road Rage and Impatience Endangers Lives
It can be frustrating when you are forced to stop on a one-lane road and wait for your turn to drive. And if you are in a hurry, you might even get angry. But that road rage and impatience can be dangerous. Teach your children about waiting until they are given the signal to proceed. Those few minutes of patience can save lives as you do not know what you can hit or whether there is equipment on the road.
It Will Save You Money
Work zones come with their own risks. One can expect to run into loose gravel, sticky tar, or even things falling from the construction zone. All these are risks and can lead to vehicle damage or medical bills if the child is injured. To avoid this, ensure your child is aware of how to drive safely in a construction zone. While at it, it is important to mention car care. A well-maintained car will handle well, even in a construction zone. This is particularly important when it comes to parts like the windshield. People tend to ignore little cracks, yet they can hinder your line of vision. Glass.com. recommends replacing your windshield if the cracks are more than 12 inches long. This ensures that your child can see what lies ahead clearly.
It Could Save Other Peoples’ Lives
There are situations where projects will shut down roads, necessitating a detour. Teach your kid about paying attention to signage, especially speed recommendations. If your child is forced to use a back road to get to their destination, they should reduce their speed. Most of these roads have people living nearby. If your teen comes speeding down such a road as if it is a highway, it can lead to accidents. Even overtaking should only be done if the road conditions are safe.
Safe Driving Reduces Wear and Tear
The road conditions around a work zone are usually not very smooth. If your teenager is not careful in such road conditions, they can cause premature wear and tear to the car. For instance, chemical grouting uses certain injection pipes referred to as TAM or Tube-a-manchette to deliver grout. These pipes are usually made of steel and are about two inches in diameter. They have injection ports located every few feet along the pipe’s length. Unfortunately, these ports pose a risk to car tires. Not being careful in such a work zone can lead to punctures. A child that is alert in such conditions will protect the car from premature wear and tear.
Every year, there are about 700 fatalities around work zones. Drivers need to be careful around such areas to avoid being another statistic. Teaching your kid about safe driving in such zones will protect your child and other people on the road. It’s also important to teach your kids how to drive in the rain.