You asked what should you do when following a snow plow, so we looked it up. Here’s what we found.
The following information comes from Mainroad, the road maintenance contractor for snow removal in Sooke (and throughout Vancouver Island).
Help our operators do their work to keep the roads clear by following these safety tips:
- Maintain a safe following distance when approaching highway maintenance vehicles. Snow plows have limited visibility and operators cannot see directly behind their trucks.
- On some highways, two or more snow plows may be staggered across multiple lanes with the plow in front pushing snow towards the plows behind. This is an effective way to quickly clear wide areas so stay behind these plowing operations and don’t try to pass. When you attempt to pass, you put yourself, the truck operator, and the driving public at risk.
- Remember the road surface ahead of the plow hasn’t been plowed yet therefore please slow down and be patient. The operator will eventually pull over and let you pass safely.
During a snow event, Mainroad has a full complement of winter operators plus mechanical support working every shift 24/7. Mainroad uses three materials for winter road maintenance: winter sand, salt brine and crystal salt. The use of a specific material is determined by forecast and actual weather conditions. Winter material stocks on hand are stored in depots situated throughout our service areas.