The snow is a sign that winter has officially started, here are a few tips for safe winter driving. Don’t go out during a snowstorm if you can avoid it. If you do, buckle up! If you must go out, here are some tips to share the road with snow plows:
- Give snowplows room to work; don’t tailgate or try to pass.
- Keep in mind, there are times when several plow trucks may block all lanes on major highways, take it slow.
- Stay at least 4 car lengths back from snowplows and equipment.
- Spreaders on trucks can throw salt, sand etc. that can damage close- following vehicles; again, give them room to do their job.
- Trucks carrying salt and sand often have a sign on the back warning people to stay back. That is for your safety as well as the drivers.
- Plow truck operators have to focus on snow removal and cannot always watch out for the drivers surrounding them; so if you try to pass, you could collide with the equipment or another vehicle.
- Drive even slower in construction zones, even though they are inactive in winter weather.
- Always have your headlights on, plenty of fuel and wiper fluid, and tires with ample tread.
- Remember that a snowplow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.
- Don’t text and drive and only use your phone if you have to.