Give the Plows a Break!
Driving a snowplow is one of the toughest jobs around! Operators must maneuver a 27' truck with a 10' plow while dealing with foggy windows, swirling snow, slippery roads, icy intersections and everyday traffic. So please, "give ‘em a brake."
- During snow storm conditions, snow plows are considered and should be treated as an emergency vehicle.
- Keep a safe distance when following snow plows. This is critical because snowplows create a swirl of snow that can blind the driver of a car following too closely or cars approaching from the opposite direction.
- Snow trucks may also be spreading material as they plow snow to melt snow and ice to provide traction for driving safety.
- Don't stop too closely behind a stopped snowplow. The operator may be preparing to back up and may not see you.
- Don't pass a snowplow unless your visibility is perfectly clear and it is completely safe for you, the snowplow driver, and other vehicles.
- Patience is very necessary during snow season. The snowplow operator is working to provide safe road conditions for you and your family.
Chapter 30 - Snow and Ice Removal and Maintenance of Secondary Roads
Story County Snow Ordinance (PDF)
Snow Routes - Map (PDF)
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