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Beaulieu IndustriesWe’ve all been there. We’re running late for work, school or picking up the kids from daycare and there’s a plow truck in front of us crawling at a snails pace. We sigh, slam our hands on the steering wheel and glance at the time all while saying come on, come on. Should you blow the horn? Make a pass?

No, unless it’s a two lane road and there is plenty of room to safely make a go around. Chances are if you’re out braving the storm with the public works department, the roads are slick and narrow as it is.

The best advice is to slow down and be patient. If you are attempting a pass on a two lane road, make sure you can see who’s coming at you and behind. The last thing you want is to cause a crash or end up in the ditch – then you’ll really be late to wherever it is you’re going.

Safety Tips for Following Snow Vehicles

  • Remember, if you can’t see their mirrors, they can’t see you
  • Drivers have a limited view in their trucks, so they may not see you
  • Snow plows can extend up to several feet beyond the truck
  • Leave room for plow trucks no matter which lanes they are traveling in
  • Chances are, the plow will cross over the center line or lane divider
  • Watch out for snow flying up and around the plow truck, it will reduce visibility
  • NEVER pass on a hill, curve, bridge or ramp
  • Not all snow vehicles are city vehicles (many cities use local contractors for snow work)

Please remember that plow trucks and city sanders are out working hard to keep our roads, schools and city parking lots clean and clear, and most importantly, safe for us to use. After all, we at Beaulieu Industries should know, we’ve been plowing for the city of Lewiston for over 30 years and we’ve pretty much seen it all when it comes to winter and road safety in Maine.

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