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.
- 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?