Here’s Why You Should Never Pass a Snow Plow on the Highway
We’ve all had the experience of being stuck behind a snow plow on a snowy highway. Though it is tempting to go around this slow-moving piece of machinery – especially as it sprays rock salt onto your windshield – doing so is a dangerous and ill-advised. There are a number of winter safety tips that can help you stay safe and prevent truck accidents, whether they are with snow plows or any other large vehicle on the road.
When you are heading out onto winter roads, you need to take steps to keep yourself and all others around you safe. The first thing to remember is that you need to reduce your speed to what is most appropriate for road conditions. When visibility is hampered by snow, rain or ice and the roadways are slick, it is important that you lower your speed in order to provide you with greater control of your vehicle.
Even before you head out during the winter, make sure that your vehicle is winter-weather ready. Before the weather turns bitter, take your car in for a tune-up and check-up to make sure that all of its systems are ready for frigid temperatures. Switch out your old windshield wipers to make sure that you’ve given yourself a clear view of the road, and have your mechanic check the status of your tires, your batteries, and your vehicle’s heating system and defrosters. Never allow your gas tank to fall below half full and make sure that you have stocked your vehicle with winter essentials, including an ice scraper and brush for snow, a small shovel, road flares, jumper cables, and a bag of either rock salt, kitty litter or sand in case you need added traction on icy areas.
Your vehicle should always be emergency ready, but especially during the cold winter months. Make sure that you have water and food, a blanket and gloves, and a flashlight with fresh batteries. Finally make sure that before you leave for any trip, you have listened to the weather forecast and any updates on road conditions, and that you have directions to ensure that you know exactly where you are going.
Knowing that you are prepared for winter roads is a big help, but you also need to drive with appropriate levels of caution, particularly when the roadways are snow covered. If you do end up behind either a single snow plow or a plow train, remember that they are there as a service to you and other drivers, and that driving incautiously around them invites car accidents. Driving too close behind a snow plow is not a good idea – always leave at least three or four car lengths between the back of a snow plow and your own vehicle. It is never a good idea to pass a plow at all, but especially not on the right, as that is the direction where the snow, rocks, and slush will be pushed to.
Truck accidents can happen any time of year, but especially during winter weather. Though many of these accidents are caused by the truck drivers, some are the fault of other drivers acting in haste. Make sure that you are not one of them! If you do end up in a truck accident and sustain an injury, be sure to call the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers to learn more about your rights.