WYDOT Urges ‘Don’t Crowd the Plow!’ After 67 Plows Hit in 3 Years
Parts of extreme southeast Wyoming could see heavy snow this evening through Wednesday, and the Wyoming Department of Transportation is reminding drivers, "Don't Crowd the Plow!"
According to Senior Public Relations Specialist Andrea Staley, 18 WYDOT plows were hit last winter, 26 were hit during the 2020-2021 winter season, and 23 were hit during the 2019-2020 winter season.
Of those 67 snowplow hits, 21, or 31.34%, occurred in WYDOT District 1 in southeast Wyoming.
"It is good to note that the average number of plow hits for winters 2014-2019 was about eight statewide, so we've been seeing a big increase in recent years," said Staley.
WYDOT says drivers can help them keep their plows on the roads and out of the shop by following these safety tips:
- Be patient! Plows move slowly (35 mph), but the road behind the plow is the clearest and safest for driving. Give the plow plenty of space (at least four car lengths), especially in slick conditions.
- Don't pass unless you have a clear view unobstructed by snow; plows can sometimes create their own whiteout conditions as they clear snow. If you see a plume of snow, slow down!
- Never pass a plow on the right, even if it is plowing the left lane on a four-lane highway/interstate. Every plow has a wing attachment on the right side, which can be hard to see until it's too late.
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