11/30/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/30/2023 17:34
TWIN FALLS - With a winter storm forecasted for the weekend, the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) wants to remind drivers to share the road with snowplows.
Snowplows push snow off the road and deploy a variety of salt products to keep roadways bare and wet most of the time during storms. Drivers also need to do their part to keep everyone safe on the road.
"Slow down in snowy conditions, and give yourself extra time to get where you need to go this weekend," Foreman Chuck Sharp said.
Aside from leaving early and using caution when driving in the snow, here are five tips to help share the road with snowplows:
While operators work in the worst weather, often the biggest threat to their safety is other drivers. Last winter, 17 plows were hit in Idaho.
"Plows weigh around 58,000 pounds fully loaded," Sharp said. "Drivers who run into this heavy equipment trying to pass are risking their own safety, and the safety of others on the road when the plow isn't able to continue working due to damage."