Snowplows are any vehicles, (mostly trucks) that are out and about on the roads during the snowy months. Mounted in front of the snow plow is a metallic plow that is tilted to the right side. When snowplow drivers are moving on the highway, they are pushing and blowing snow away from the roads and into the side.
Misconceptions towards a Highway Snowplow
Even though they are doing a thankless job for the public, most commuters unfortunately view them as a nuisance because they often move slowly and block the traffic.
There is a misunderstanding within the drivers towards plow trucks because they think that the snowplow will stay ahead of them for many miles ahead. This is why they try to edge ahead of the trucks without having any concern for their own safety. However, this is not the case.
A plow truck driver will only operate within a certain area and cover a few miles before stopping. When people try to pass the plow trucks, it creates a dangerous situation for the person passing and also the driver operating the plow truck.
Passing the plow truck from the right while an operator is actively plowing snow can be the worst decision that the driver has ever made. It puts them and the passengers inside the car at high danger. Many people also do not realize the width of the plow blade since it is immersed in the snow and the trailing snow cloud blocks further visibility.
Every year, snowplow drivers find vehicles that have bounced off the side of the wing or the plow since people are unable to spot them and trying to overtake the plow truck. Due to the naïve nature of most winter drivers, collisions with plow trucks are becoming common during the winters. Another instance where the car faces a collision is when they try to pass from the right side of the snowplow, and get blinded by the snow.
Let the Snowplow Work
You have to understand that the snow plows are not on the road to get in your way, and instead, they are only trying to help everyone get home safely. You have to respect the fact that they plow truck drivers are taking time off to make the road safer in the winter. The best way to get around them is to wait your turn and have some patience.
Many snow plow drivers will also pull over periodically to let vehicles pass them if they notice that there are many vehicles piling behind them, and also when it is safe for them to pass. This is why you must be patient and never cut them off. On the freeway, never cut between two weaving plow trucks since they need room to groom.
Overall, you need to provide the plow trucks with the space to perform their work. Driving slow in the winters is crucial, regardless of whether there is a plow truck ahead or not. Therefore, if a snowplow is keeping your speed in check, then you must appreciate them.