The Wright County Highway Department would like to remind citizens to be cautious when driving near snowplows. Last year in Minnesota alone, there were 58 reported vehicle crashes involving snowplows. Most crashes are due to following a snowplow too closely, driving too fast for the conditions and/or inattentive driving.
Minnesota law requires motorists to turn on their headlights when it’s snowing or at any other time when weather conditions impair visibility.
You should have your headlights on even during daylight hours. If you are attempting to pass a snowplow, avoid doing so on the right-hand side. When the plow is being operated, the snow and any debris the blade picks up will be deposited on the right side.
Here are some other recommendations for safe driving around snowplows:
Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into a snow cloud.
Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
Turn off the cruise control.
Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
Don’t drive distracted.
Motorists should check road conditions at 511mn.org.