Automated flagger assistance devices (AFADS) can only be used in short term temporary traffic control zones and on two-lane roads. So, you will often find them being used on rural roads. Even without road work going on, rural roads themselves can present dangers. From low visibility and sharp turns to less intense regulation, it’s essential you are aware of the potential hazards of working on rural roads.
Limited space and difficult access
Rural roads are just that…rural. Often they are difficult to access, which requires some expert maneuvering when setting up and tearing down your work zone. Typically, road work zones require quite a bit of equipment, trailers, and vehicles to get the job done. IntelliStrobe AFADs are compact and lightweight and use only one trailer. The AFADs are easier to set up in work zones where space is at a premium and add extra protection to your workers.
Less traffic does not mean less danger
Although rural roads have less traffic than major roads, they are just as dangerous as a crowded highway. Don’t slip into the false security of “less traffic means less danger” and lose focus of what is going on with the traffic around you. Many rural roads are flat, with unchanging scenery for miles and miles. Drivers can easily slip into highway hypnosis and become unaware of their surroundings. Also, be sure to look out for rogue drivers. Rural and country roads experience far less police regulation and intervention than their urban counterparts. Be ultra-aware of country road drivers who know the roads like the back of their hand and have a need for speed.
Low situational awareness
In cities or more urban areas, drivers are used to congested traffic and frequent stops. Because of this, they experience more situational awareness. Frequent rural road drivers can have low situational awareness because they usually have free reign of the road. Low situational awareness is dangerous for drivers and workers because it can lead to deadly accidents at high speeds.
Do you want to learn more about how you can keep your workers safe on rural and country roads? Contact IntelliStrobe.