December 31, 2014 by Minuteman Trucks
During winter storms, snowplows work around the clock to make roads passable. These large vehicles can present a hazard for drivers who follow too closely. Observe these tips to stay safe while giving snowplow operators room to do their jobs:
- Keep well back from snowplows: Plow drivers can’t see directly behind their trucks. Sometimes they must stop or back up. Staying a safe distance behind a snowplow will protect you from possible injury and protect your car from sanding material that plows spread on slick roadways.
- Know where the snowplow is on multi-lane highways: The plow could be in either lane, or on the shoulder. Watch for snowplows on interstate ramps and “authorized vehicle only” turnarounds.
- Never drive through a snow cloud or whiteout conditions: You can’t be sure if such conditions are caused by crosswinds or by a snowplow, so be patient. snowplow operators periodically pull over to allow traffic to pass
Snowplow operators are extremely safety-conscious, but they need your help. Stay back and let them safely do their job of clearing the road for you. Don’t take a chance. Don’t crowd the plow!
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