It's that time of the year when snow plows are out on the highways, in their best effort to keep the roads clear for drivers. However, the large equipment can also be a hazard for those driving.
Steve Shaheen, Communications with the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, said snow plows need to be treated as an emergency vehicle, "Drivers should slow to 60 when passing any highway equipment that is stopped with it's lights activated. It's for your safety and the safety of the operator."
It's also important to keep a good distance between yourself and a snow plow if following behind. "We often refer the snow zone as the area behind a snow plow," Shaheen explained. "If you're coming up behind a snow plow, you might get white conditions or near zero visibility. We remind people to stay back and stay safe when they encounter a snow plow."
Snow plows will pull over every 10 to 15 kilometers or when it is safe to do so to let other drivers pass.
The Ministry operators around 300 snow plows across the province each winter. Shaheen said they always have people working to ensure the safety of travelers, "Highways are inspected frequently by operators to determine if plowing, salt or sand is required for the ice conditions, as well as to report to the highway hotline."