25+ snowplow-involved crashes prompts warning from MnDOT

Snow plow on the road

(Mankato, MN) – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding drivers that use extra caution around snowplows this winter.

MnDOT says there have been more than 25 crashes involving vehicles and state snowplows so far this winter.  With more wintery weather on the way, MnDOT cautions drivers to be aware during plowing and snow removal operations.

“The main causes of these crashes are motorists driving too fast for conditions, driving too close to the plow, and driver inattention,” said Todd Stevens, acting state maintenance engineer.

Stevens said that operators have a restricted view from the plow cab, so they must rely on mirrors to see to the rear and side of the truck.  Their vision is also hampered by the snow clouds they create while they plow.

“The safest place you can be is well behind the snowplow and away from the snow cloud it creates,” Stevens said.  “The road is clear behind the plow but not necessarily in front of it, so in most cases it makes sense to travel behind the plow.”

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