Driver Safe Work Zone

Unexpected traffic delays can be avoided by following specific guidelines at the Traffic Control Zone.

Tips to Allow Minimal Traffic Delays for Drivers

  • Drive through the Traffic Control Zone to ensure that all traffic signs are clearly displayed.
  • Be aware of how the traffic is flowing.  You may need to let more cars through to avoid backing up traffic too far.
  • Always be friendly with drivers.  Smile and sympathize with their traffic delay.
  • Stand alert and attentive. If you give drivers the impression that you are bored with your safety responsibility, drivers will not sense the hazards of road construction.
  • Do not be distracted from your flagging responsibilities.  Give full attention to the traffic.
  • Give ample warning to drivers to stop.  Do not flip the paddle unexpectedly. 
  • Be aware of where the sun is shining.  If the driver has to stare into the sun, they may not see you.
  • If Flaggers are not present, take down ’Flagger Ahead” sign.

Tips for Being Visible to Drivers

  • During daylight hours wear Class II vests.
  • During the hours of darkness, wear a Class II combination which includes high visibility trousers with retro-reflective banding.
  • Stand alone and do not let a group gather around you.

Remember:  Always keep alert and never turn your back to traffic or assume that a driver can see you.

Presenter tips

  • Pre-read the Toolbox Talk. Your comfort level and confidence will be higher if you know your topic.
  • Discuss related tasks, work areas or events that make the Toolbox Talk relevant to your job site.
  • Involve the workers by asking questions and input that drives discussion.

Questions for Discussion

  • Have you ever experienced an unhappy driver?
  • What are other things you can do to make the Traffic Control Zone more driver friendly?