Safety is a key concern for not just motorists but also for snowplow drivers, the South Dakota DOT warns.
With a major winter storm impacting the tri-state area the next few days, the Department of Transportation wants to remind drivers to be mindful of snowplow crews, who will be out working hard to keep roads clear for motorists.
There are several things drivers should do to help keep themselves and snowplow drivers safe while traveling.
- Snowplows travel at 25-30 mph or less when plowing or placing deicing chemicals. Drivers need to stay alert for the slow-moving snowplows and stay a safe distance behind the plow.
- When conditions allow and it is safe to do so, snowplows will pull over periodically to let traffic pass. Please have patience and never pass a plow when visibility is poor.
- Remember, the snowplow is clearing the roadway and dispensing chemicals in front of you so the best place to be is four to eight car lengths behind it.
There are several ways to check the road conditions:
- The 5-1-1 phone system
- Crews will update the 511 system three to four times a day with more frequent updates made if conditions warrant.
- safetravelusa.com is a website that gives you road and traffic conditions across the nation
- SDDOT 511 app available on iTunes and Google Play
A feature on the safetravelusa.com/sd website is ClearPath511. Users can sign up to receive text or email alerts for travel advisories and road closures. You can also follow @SouthDakotaDOT on Twitter and Facebook and @ClearPath511 on Twitter.