Snowplows make roads safer for everyone. Cars, SUVs, school buses, trucks and pedestrians are all better off once they’ve come through, even if they are equipped with four-wheel drive or tire chains. The plows make the roads passable and reduce the risk of getting stuck in snow. However, drivers need to keep safety at the front of their mind when sharing the road with snowplows. Snowplows weigh four times more than the average car, and a collision with one can be deadly. Collisions between snowplows and other vehicles are uncommon, however when they do occur, injuries and excessive damage are common.
Drivers need to keep a few facts about snowplows in mind to be safe. First, snowplow drivers are driving in conditions that limit their visibility. This is certainly true if it’s snowing. However, even when stopped, weather conditions could still make it difficult to see. Snowplows operate at a speeds below 35 MPH and most drive around 15-25 MPH. The Snowplow blade on our trucks is 12 feet wide, this clears the whole lane the plow is driving in and part of the center stripes.
The safety of the general public and the safety of themselves are the highest priority of our drivers.
The mission is challenging but you can help us keep everyone safe.
-Do not pass a snowplow truck!
- Maintain extra distance between you and the plow truck (do not fallow closely)
-Slowdown when approaching a snowplow truck.
-Be prepared for a snowplow truck to stop or backup.
- In a snowstorm please stay off the roads if possible.
- When around a snowplow please assume we can NOT see you, stay clear and stay away.
ROAD WORK & ROAD CLOSURES
West Solon Road: Closed at the bridge over the creek. All vehicle or pedestrian traffic is prohibited.