Snowplow Awareness

As the winter season approaches, snowplows will be abundant among city roads. Please keep these tips in mind for staying safe while navigating around snowplows.

• Remember that the road in front of the plow is usually in much worse condition than the roadway behind the plow. Plows will typically travel at a slower speed while plowing, and there is always a temptation to pass them. For your safety, it is recommended that you stay a safe distance behind the snowplows.

• During plowing operations, visibility can be reduced by blowing snow, and plow operators may need time to stop or move over to avoid parked vehicles. Keeping a safe distance between your vehicle and the plow is very important to avoid accidents.

• Do not pass a snowplow unless there are two or more lanes open and plowed in the same direction you are travelling. Allow plenty of room when passing a snowplow. Do not cut back into the lane ahead of the plow too quickly, since the blade extends several feet ahead of the truck.

• When you see an approaching snowplow on an undivided roadway, move as far away from the center line as you safely can, since blowing snow may obscure the actual width of the snowplow’s blade.

• Turn on your lights to see and be seen. Brush the snow off your headlights and taillights frequently.

• Winter driving requires motorists to be careful and alert, but the most important tip for winter driving is to SLOW DOWN! Quick changes in speed and direction create a recipe for disaster in the snow.

• Do not drive ATV’s around snowplows. Operating a snowplow is nothing like a passenger vehicle. Like a train, snowplows have a lot of momentum, which makes it difficult to slow down when vehicles around it are making quick maneuvers.

Additional information for winter driving: clearroads.org/winter-driving-tips/

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