Snowplow Safety: The Do’s and Don’ts

snowplow clearing the street | snowplow safety do's and don'tsWhen snow falls in the Oregon winters, snowplows are often necessary to prevent crashes. As such, it’s vital for all drivers to know how to stay safe when a snowplow is present on the road. Below, we will detail some of the do’s and don’ts that you should know about and how you can keep yourself from experiencing a severe crash.

The Do’s

  • Stay back behind a snowplow. Make sure you give the snowplow driver enough space to do their jobs. They move slower, and some may have extensions that impact driving around them.
  • Watch out for the center line if you’re driving opposite a snowplow. A snowplow coming in your direction presents some potential dangers, so be sure to move away from the center line as much as possible.
  • Consider your speed and visibility. Watch for snowplows and the vehicles around you. If you are too close to someone else or someone is tailgating you, it can lead to problems as others try to avoid the snowplow.

The Don’ts

  • Don’t try to pass the snowplow unless it is absolutely safe to do so. Passing the snowplow can put you at risk of significant problems and a potential crash.
  • Don’t tailgate the snowplow. They may stop randomly, and with snow being a major problem in the winter, your ability to stop is significantly reduced, and you may not be able to stop in time to prevent an accident.

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