Drive with care around snow-clearing equipment

Staying in Touch: Jacquelyn Oduro

With winter in full force, snow-clearing equipment is working hard to clear our roads. There have been many reported near misses this season involving people driving around snow-clearing equipment.

Here are some reminders when driving near snow-removal equipment:

  • When moving, snow clearing equipment can create snow clouds that may impede your visibility. Always give the equipment lots of space and be prepared to stop suddenly.
  • Snow clearing often leaves one cleaner lane and one with snow. Be cautious when moving from one to the other.
  • Only pass when safe to do so and pass on the left side as snow is often removed to the right.
  • When unsure what the operator is doing or how to proceed, approach slowly and make eye contact with the driver who will signal you.
  • Make sure your vehicle is cleaned of snow and its lights are visible so operators can see you clearly.
  • Be patient! Operators may not be able to see you due to limited visibility from their seat.

For more information and resources on safe driving, please contact your regional safety advisor or visit our website.