If you can avoid it, do not drive during a snowstorm. If you do, buckle up – always. If you must go out, here are some tips on sharing the road with snow plows:
• Give snow plows room to work; do not tailgate or try to pass. Plow truck operators must focus on snow removal and cannot always watch out for the drivers surrounding them. Remember that a snow plow operator’s field of vision is restricted at times.
• Please park vehicles off streets and in your driveway if you have one. Vehicles parked in the streets create challenges to maneuver the snow plow and clear the snow from the pavement.
• Stay at least four car lengths back from snow plows and equipment. Plowed snow can create a cloud that can blind drivers following too close. Material spreaders on trucks can throw salt, sand or cinders that can damage close-following vehicles.
• Drive your vehicle based on weather conditions, which could mean operating at below posted speeds.
• Keep your headlights on, ensure you have plenty of fuel and wiper fluid, and use tires with ample tread.
Be safe, everyone!