WATCH: How Not to React to Snow Plows
The Colorado Department of Transportation posted this video on their Facebook page saying:
This could have ended very badly. Today, this driver put himself and our plow drivers at risk – and obviously never heard our plea to “bow to the plow.” Law enforcement would have likely cited him for numerous offenses. Please be patient as we work to clear the roads from this latest storm.
They went on to say: There are multiple reasons the crews keep it tight, and here are a few to think about. It reduces distractions of small vehicles weaving through the trucks. Each driver is juggling plow controls, product controls, radio transmissions, multiple blind spots, and watching each others progress. There are so many blind spots with plow attachments, snow buildup on the windows, and adverse weather conditions. The snow windrow built from each plow creates a mound of snow and can cause traction problems when vehicles try to pass through it, especially when accelerating. It is not only snow in these piles, lots of debris from shoulders is in there that can puncture tires. We are not trying to make it hard on the public our mission is the exact opposite. Keeping everyone behind controls the situational awareness of each driver.