Safe In 60: How To Stay Safe Around Snowplows

Jan 4, 2021, 5:00 AM | Updated: 8:07 am

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Keeping Utah roads clear of snow and ice is an around-the-clock job. Snowplow drivers are working hard to keep us safe as we drive, so here are some things we can do in return to help them.

Snowplows are not like any other vehicle on the road. They weigh more than four times an average vehicle and take up more than one lane.

Here are three things to consider when driving around snowplows:

  • Distance: Give them room to work. Snowplows are wide and can take up more than one lane.
    • Stay back at least 200 feet. Following too closely can result in a broken windshield or chipped paint.
    • Never tailgate, and do not pass a snowplow unless it is necessary. If you must pass, use extreme caution. Snowplows can create a cloud of snow that can obscure vision. You run the risk of not clearing what you cannot see. In addition, many trucks have wing plows that extend out 10-12 feet, making them even more dangerous to pass.
    • Never pass a snowplow on the right. That’s typically the direction the snow is thrown, making it extremely dangerous.
  • Speed: Plows travel below the speed limit and may need to stop or swerve abruptly to avoid obstacles. Be patient and give yourself plenty of room to react.
  • Vision: A snowplow driver has low visibility, and they may not see you. Always allow yourself a safe distance.

When driving around snowplows, it is best to be patient and stay behind them, even if there is room to pass. The road is probably much safer behind them than in front of them, anyway.

Check before you go – UDOT has a website that shows where its snowplows are and where they have been over the last half hour.

More information

Driving around snow plows (
UDOT winter driving tips

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Safe in 60

FILE: Goolsby Elementary School third grader Ava Dweck (L), 9, and fourth grader Luca Conrad, 10, t...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

Safe in 60: Keeping children safe online during new school year

Students are heading back to school across Utah, and it's a good time for parents to talk with their kids about online safety.
1 year ago
(KSL TV)...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

How To ‘Summer Safely’ On Utah’s Roads

Historically, Memorial Day to Labor Day is considered the deadliest time on Utah roads when fatal crashes nearly double.
2 years ago
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

Five Poisonous Plants To Watch Out For In Utah

Every year around this time, Utah Poison Control sees an uptick in cases in which adults and children are exposed to poisonous plants or mushrooms.
2 years ago
Robin Heiden

How To Pick The Right Helmet For Your Child

Make sure you take time to find a good helmet — they reduce the risk of head injury by 88%.
2 years ago
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

Tips For Drivers, Motorcyclists To Safely Share The Road

Motorcycle riders are 28 times more likely to die in a traffic collision than occupants in passenger cars.
2 years ago
FILE (Dan Spindle/KSL TV)...
Robin Heiden, KSL TV

5 Steps To Take To Prevent A Car Burglary

Car burglary numbers climbed 12% last year, and these types of crimes are often difficult for police to solve.
2 years ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t Let a Ransomware Attack Get You Down | Protect Your Workplace Today with Cyber Insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Safe In 60: How To Stay Safe Around Snowplows