Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 at 9:00 pm
As part of Pennsylvania’s first Winter Driving Awareness Week, PennDOT officials cautioned drivers to be extra careful around operating snow removal equipment. PennDOT recommended that when encountering a plow truck, drivers should:
· Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.
· Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.
· When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.
· Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train”. The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.
· Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.
· Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle.
PennDOT’s Secretary, Barry J. Schoch, noted that: “Safety begins before drivers even leave home by ensuring that vehicles are properly equipped and mechanically ready to deal with winter driving challenges.”
For more information on safe winter travel visit www.dot.state.pa.us/winter.