Snow plow drivers aren’t given enough credit — they’re our very own winter heroes.
Before you’ve even had your morning coffee, they already have been on the road for hours, making sure the roads are plowed and salted for those on their way to work.
It’s not an easy task, but an essential one. Take a look at the winter roads from their perspective:
7 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SNOW PLOW DRIVING
1. Patience is a virtue. Snow plow drivers take a lot of time doing what they do. Even if you tailgate them all day, they won’t – and can’t – go faster. If there’s a highway traffic jam or road accident, he’s just as stuck as you are.
2. Respect personal [snow plowing] space. It’s not that he doesn’t like you — but you may be right in his blind spot, which isn’t safe for anyone. Or you can be in the sweet “flying debris” spot, which can cause more harm than good. A good measure would be staying 5-6 cars away from the snow plow. And please… turn your headlights on!
3. Do you need to urgently pass by him? Then you can do so, but please do it carefully. No sneaking around. No illegal passing areas. Plows are wider than the truck’s body, which you may not visualize especially during heavy snowfall. When in doubt – just hang back and wait it out.
4. They can’t plow everything at once. Some areas will get plowed. First, others will get plowed last. It’s nothing personal. Just wait patiently, it’s likely that these drivers aren’t even in charge of the clearing schedules, and they’re just following orders.
5. Snow plowing is a serious job. The drivers also have jobs to do, errands to run, and families to go home to. They also think of their loved ones while they’re out on the roads, especially when accidents turn up. It’s a huge responsibility, and they understand they can’t take safety lightly.
6. Snow plow driving isn’t easy, either. Winter months require them always to be on-call. But know that this is probably isn’t the driver’s only job. Sometimes they stay up or wake up early, even before dawn. Double shifts. Overtime. They have to do it, but not everyone is up to this kind of work. So respecting them would be a treat.
7. Don’t get it wrong – they enjoy it, too. Sometimes there’s fun in the job. They get to be kids again, riding big trucks, roaming the streets through snow and cold. And in the wee hours, they’re the only ones on the roads. Winter is tough, but knowing that what they do helps save lives daily makes it so much easier.
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