Snow is Coming and so are the Plows

Snow is Coming and so are the Plows Photo: MGN Online.

January 10, 2018 08:33 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Is your snow plow etiquette up to par?

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, there have been at least 22 crashes involving vehicles and snowplows this season.


“Inattentive drivers, motorists driving too close to the plow and motorists driving too fast for conditions are the main causes of these crashes,” said Steve Lund, state maintenance engineer. “Our snowplow drivers are well trained to drive their plows, but motorists should be patient and stay back from the plow. Snowplows travel much slower than the posted speeds because it is most effective for clearing roads.”

So what should you do to avoid a crash?  MnDOT has some recommendations:

1)    Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
2)    Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud.
3)    Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
4)    Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
5)    Turn off the cruise control.
6)    Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
7)    Don’t drive distracted.

For road conditions, click here.



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