Road crews: Snow plows need 'room to groom'

Published On: Dec 20 2012 12:09:31 PM EST
Updated On: Dec 20 2012 12:20:24 PM EST

Wayne County snow plow

Drivers are encouraged to keep their distance from snow plows to keep the roads safe this winter.

Wayne County's Department of Public Services' Roads Division is sending a message that "Snowplows need room to groom."

The Michigan Department of Transportation and County Road Association of Michigan are stressing the following advice for drivers:

  • Snowplows have limited visibility and drivers cannot see directly behind their trucks.
  • Snowplows often throw up snow clouds, reducing visibility on all sides of the truck.
  • Distracted driving is dangerous driving. Motorists should not text or talk on cell phones while they are behind the wheel. In fact, texting while driving is illegal in Michigan.
  • Motorists should never attempt to pass a moving snowplow on the right. With new wing-plow technology, the blade can clear the shoulder and the lane of travel simultaneously. Motorists attempting an illegal pass through a snow cloud on the right and/or shoulder of the road most likely won't see the plow blade and run the risk of a serious crash.
  • Always wear your safety belt and allow extra time to reach your destinations this winter.

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