Drivers are encouraged to keep their distance from snow plows to keep the roads safe this winter.

Wayne County's Department of Public Services' Roads Division is sending a message that "Snowplows need room to groom."

The Michigan Department of Transportation and County Road Association of Michigan are stressing the following advice for drivers:

  • Snowplows have limited visibility and drivers cannot see directly behind their trucks.
  • Snowplows often throw up snow clouds, reducing visibility on all sides of the truck.
  • Distracted driving is dangerous driving. Motorists should not text or talk on cell phones while they are behind the wheel. In fact, texting while driving is illegal in Michigan.
  • Motorists should never attempt to pass a moving snowplow on the right. With new wing-plow technology, the blade can clear the shoulder and the lane of travel simultaneously. Motorists attempting an illegal pass through a snow cloud on the right and/or shoulder of the road most likely won't see the plow blade and run the risk of a serious crash.
  • Always wear your safety belt and allow extra time to reach your destinations this winter.

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