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Winter Storm, Plows, February 8, 2013MassDOT’s Highway Division reminds motorists to use common sense while driving near plows as snow and ice crews work to clear state and local roadways during and following a winter weather event.

Please review the following tips for winter driving when encountering snow plows:

  • Remember that the road in front of the plow is usually in much worse condition than the roadway behind the plow. Plows will typically travel under 35 miles per hour and there is always a temptation to pass them. For your safety, it is recommended that you stay a safe distance behind the snowplows.
  • During plowing operations, visibility can be reduced by blowing snow and plow operators may need time to stop or move over to avoid stranded vehicles. Keeping a safe distance between your vehicle and the plow is very important in order to avoid accidents.
  • Allow plenty of room when passing a snowplow. Do not cut back into the lane ahead of the plow too quickly since the blade extends several feet ahead of the truck. Some snowplows are equipped with a “wing plow,” a 10-12 foot extension off the side of the truck. Be aware that the hazard exists.
  • When you see an approaching snow plow on an undivided roadway, move as far away from the center line as you safely can since blowing snow may obscure the actual width of the snowplow’s blade.
  • Turn on your lights- to see and be seen. Brush the snow off your headlights and taillights frequently.
  • Winter driving requires motorists to be careful and alert, but the most important tip for winter driving is: SLOW DOWN!

Please review MassDOT’s Safe Winter Driving Tips to learn more about safe travel and preparing your vehicle for winter weather.

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