Share the road with a snowplow
When driving behind a plow, motorists should remember that although they can easily see the large piece of road equipment ahead, the reverse may not be true.
Plows aren't just scraping away snow. They also are spraying traction compounds on the road. Whenever motorists drive too closely behind or decide to pass working snowplows, they risk getting their cars peppered with grit.
Prospects are different for drivers using the oncoming lane. WSDOT snowplow drivers are instructed to turn off their spinners when oncoming traffic approaches. WSDOT plow operators are also instructed to check regularly for following traffic.
When they are plowing a two-lane road, drivers are told to watch for traffic build-up and look for a spot on a shoulder where they can pull over.