(Mankato, MN) – The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to keep their distance around snowplows.
Jed Falgren, the maintenance operator with MnDOT District 7 says the rule of thumb is to stay ten car lengths behind a snowplow. “Our trucks can weigh 15 times more than a vehicle, resulting in a very dangerous situation for the motorist.” In addition to reduced visibility from snow or storm conditions, snowplow trucks create a cloud when clearing the roadways.
MnDOT says their snowplow operators do their part to make highway safe and ask that motorists do the following:
- Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They may also travel over centerlines to further improve road conditions.
- Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don’t drive into the snow cloud.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
- Turn on your headlights and wear your seat belt.
- Turn off cruise control.
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Don’t drive distracted.
- Check MnDOT’s road conditions map.
Four snowplows were hit in southern Minnesota during last Friday’s snowstorm, which dumped about 4-10 inches of snow in the southern region of the state.
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