Snow, Ice, & Freezing Rain: Buckle Up

Safe Winter DrivingWinter Driving Safety

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.