Winter weather is in the forecast. If you’re heading out, MDOT and the County Road Association, reminded drivers “Snowplows need room to groom!” in their December 3rd press release.
They provided a list of reminders that are worth sharing…
Snowplows have limited visibility and drivers cannot see directly behind their trucks
Snowplows often throw up clouds of snow behind them, reducing visibility on all sides of the truck
Motorists should never attempt to pass a moving snowplow on the right. With new wing plow and tow plow technology, the blade can clear the shoulder and the lane of travel simultaneously. Motorists attempting an illegal pass through a snow cloud on the right and/or shoulder of the road most likely won’t see the plow blade and run the risk of a serious crash
The Michigan Department of Transportation website, has pictures from accidents of those who did not heed the advice. Lets just say… those snowplows are huge and can do some serious damage if you get tangled up with one of them. Here are a few stats about the mechanical marvels that clear our winter roadways.
The front plow isn’t the only part clearing the road. Most trucks are equipped with an underbody scraper and a wing scraper. Together one truck can clear 18 feet of roadway.
The sand, salt, and/or liquid de-icer are determined by the temperature. The effectiveness of salt is diminished when the temperature falls below 20 degrees.
So, be safe driving… this weekend and all winter. As MDOT says: Drive like you want to make it home tonight.