We’ve had quite a bit of snow this winter, and a fair share of ice too! Here are a few tips to remember when driving with snow plows on the roads. Don’t forget to always drive to the conditions!
- Blading snow off the road creates a “mini blizzard” next to and behind the snow
plow, especially in windy conditions. This is referred to as the SNOW ZONE.
- It can be difficult to see snow removal equipment within the Snow Zone. Watch for
the black and yellow checkerboard, wind scoop and flashing amber and red lights –
called wig wag lights – on the rear of the snow plow truck.
- When you encounter a snow plow on the highway, your visibility may be limited.
Slow down and drive with caution.
- New legislation requires that motorists slow to 60 km when passing a snow plow
with lights flashing whether the snow plow is in operation or pulled over to the side
of the road.
- Snow plows must travel slower than regular traffic when pushing snow and
spreading salt and sand. Maintain a safe distance, be patient and give the snow
plow operator room to do his/her job. Snow plows may be travelling at speeds as
slow as 30 km when spreading salt.
- Snow plows pull over about every 10 km to allow motorists to pass, so take your
time, wait and be safe.
- Snow plows stop at all railway crossings to ensure it is safe to cross and that the
plow blade will clear the track.
- Snow plow operators are often out in treacherous conditions to make the highways
as safe as possible for you – not to get in your way. It is up to you to be cautious and
drive safely in the Snow Zone.
- Every winter, snow plows are hit by motorists that don’t see them or see them too
late. The vast majority of these accidents are rear‐end collision incidents where
motorists have not driven with caution in the snow zone.
Information obtained from: http://www.highways.gov.sk.ca/adx/aspx/adxGetMedia.aspx?DocID=759,104,81,1,Documents&MediaID=6221&Filename=Snow+Plow+Safety+Fact+Sheet+2011-12.pdf