MNDOT Urges You To Be Aware Around Plows

ST. PAUL—There have been at least 22 crashes so far this season involving vehicles and snowplows.
With significant snow totals forecast for much of the state this week, the Minnesota Department of Transportation in a news release urged motorists to use extra caution during plowing and snow removal.

Last year in Minnesota, there were 58 crashes involving vehicles and snowplows.

Minnesota law requires motorists to turn on headlights when it's snowing or at any other time when weather conditions impair visibility.
Here are some other recommendations for safe driving around snowplows:
• Stay alert for snowplows, which turn or exit frequently and often with little warning. They also may travel over centerlines or partially in traffic to further improve road conditions.
• Stay back at least 10 car lengths behind the plow. Don't drive into a snow cloud.
• Slow down to a safe speed for current conditions.
• Turn on headlights and wear seat belts.
• Turn off the cruise control.
• Be patient and remember snowplows are working to improve road conditions.
• Don't drive distracted.
Motorists should check road conditions at www.511mn.org.