Wisconsin Department of Transportation crews are trained and ready to respond to winter storms, and motorists can do a lot to help keep both you and their drivers safe.
Here are 5 important tips to keep in mind when you see a snow plow on a residential road or highway, day or night.
1 – Do Not Crowd the Plow – Maintain a Safe Distance
Snowplows are large and operators cannot see directly behind the truck.
2 – Slow Down When You See A Snow Plow
Snow plows travel at a slower speed; the most common crashes are motorists hitting the rear end of the plow. Stay alert and watch for a plow’s green and amber lights.
3 – Do Not Pass a Snow Plow on the Right
Plows push snow to the right shoulder and many are equipped with a wing plow – a 6-8 foot extension on the right-hand side of the plow. This wing is difficult to see and can do harm to a passing car.
4 – Do Not Pass in a Snow Cloud
Be sure the road ahead is clear of vehicles or snowdrifts before attempting to pass on the left. A snow cloud could be caused by crosswinds or by a snowplow, so be patient.
5 – Remember, Plows Do More Than Plow
Plow trucks also spread salt and deicing agents may spray your car. Maintain a safe distance between your car and the snowplow and be extremely cautious when passing on the left. Remember – do NOT pass a snow plow on the right.
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