As I drove to work today I saw countless vehicles in ditches. Midwestern winters are no joke. The snow and ice can sometimes come out of nowhere, and even when we are ready for the storms we still get hit hard.

Jobs and life don't wait for snow though. It is up to snowplows to save the day. When I was a younger driver, I was terrified of running into or getting hit by a giant plow, and since they are out in full force I decided to share some quick tips on haw to keep you, and the snowplow drivers safe.

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 over estimate 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 to 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. Stay safe out there QC!

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