How To Keep Safe When Snowplows Are Out
In case you haven't heard... snow is in the forecast. The Quad Cities is under a winter warning now. We've known about this storm for a while now, and it looks like this is going to be the start of snow for this season.
The Plows will be out in full force so it's best to keep safe and let these professionals do their job.
The weather is going to be hitting many parts of Iowa, and Illinois. It is recommended not to travel unless you have to. If you do find yourself on the road here are 4 safety tips to remember when the plows are out.
How To Safely Drive When Snowplows Are Out
1. Stay at least 200 feet behind a snowplow
While plows may be slow sometimes it is important to give snowplows room to do their job. It’s best practice to not tailgate or try to pass a snowplow while it’s in working. this 200 feet is a general rule.
2. Don’t overestimate your braking capabilities
Most plows cannot, or at least have a very hard time stopping in a short distance. Almost all 4 X 4 vehicles are heavier than normal, thus the braking distance is greater.
3. Avoid driving next to a snow plow
Obviously, on a two-lane highway you may find yourself passing a plow, but make sure not to stay next to them for too long. A snow plow will shift sideways if it hits a snowpack or drift – and could shift into your vehicle.
4. Beware the blinding clouds
This can happen for two reasons, while spreading sand or salt a plow may get some of this onto your windshield if you are following to close, or are passing. Plows pushing snow can also create a cloud which can blind drivers who are following too closely.
Information and tips were gathered from TCA to help you stay safe this year while on those snowy roads. Stay safe out there QC!