Fun fact: Did you know that there are more than 1,100 pieces of winter maintenance equipment on Ontario provincial highways to help fight winter storms? Impressive, right? In an effort to make life a little easier for our snow plow friends, we wanted to share a few safety tips to help everyone feel comfortable and confident when sharing the road.
Grant some space
We’ve all been there. You’re driving down a highway, and suddenly approach a wall of snowplows, dominating all lanes. This strategy, known as echelon plowing is the practice of staggered snow plows travelling in the same direction across all lanes of a highway. This is widely regarded as the most safe and efficient method of snow removal for multi-lane roadways, as it ensures all lanes are cleared simultaneously by passing snow from one plow to the next. Makes sense! Hang back a bit and let the plows do their work. Some extra space will ensure your car stays clear of any possible snow, salt or debris being cleared from the road.
Patience is a virtue
For plow operations to be most effective, salt and sand spreaders must be dispersed at speeds considerably slower than most speed limits. Unfortunately for us drivers, this is a pro/con scenario. Pro — you are guaranteed a clear roadway ahead. Con — it may feel like it’s taking forever. Regardless, it is extremely dangerous to pass a snow plow due to the snow travelling between plows, and possible white out conditions. Embrace your pace, and dedicate this time to focusing on careful and controlled driving.