A Message from the Minnesota Department of Transportation:
Snowplows will be out in full force again today keeping our state, county and city roadways safe.
Snowplows have a job to do and they need room to do it. Driving too close to plows can be extremely dangerous. Please, if you're out on the roads during a winter event, don't crowd the plow.
So far this season, we have seen a statewide increase in the number of snowplows being hit. These crashes are typically caused by drivers following too closely behind a plow, are distracted or driving too fast for conditions.
Take a minute to read through and share the following tips and resources to help keep you and others safe:
Snowplow Safety Tips
- Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions for your trip.
- Stay back at least ten car lengths behind the plow, far from the snow cloud.
- Stay alert for snowplows that turn or exit frequently and often with little warning.
- Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions, give yourself plenty of travel time.
- Kids playing outside? Stay away from the road. Make sure kids never tunnel or build a fort in the snowbanks or along the side of the road.
Check out www.511mn.org for road conditions, traffic incidents, weather information, camera footage and more.