MnDOT urges motorists to use caution around snowplows

MnDOT urges motorists to use caution around snowplows Photo: Minnesota Department of Transportation

February 04, 2019 12:08 PM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use caution when driving near snowplows.

A release said there have been 25 crashes so far this winter involving vehicles and state snowplows. Last year, there were 84 crashes involving vehicles and MnDOT snowplows.

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When driving near snow plows, the release advises the following:

  • Stay alert as snowplows can turn or exit frequently, often with little warning. Plows may also travel over the centerline to further improve road conditions.
  • Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind a plow and never drive into a snow cloud.
  • Slow down to a speed safe for the conditions.
  • Turn on headlights and buckle seat belts.
  • Be patient.
  • Don't drive distracted.

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