Reminder to Give Snow Plows Space

The Government of Saskatchewan is reminding drivers that when passing snowplows to give them some space.

Snow plows have blue and amber flashing lights, and when these are on, it means the snow plow is performing winter duties and you should be careful. Winter duties includes plowing, sanding, salting and inspecting roads. Some road bridge repairs also occur during the winter.

Here are some rules to keep in mind when passing slow plows:

  • Treat snow plows like you would any emergency vehicle.
  • If they are pulled over on the side of the road and have their lights flashing, slow to 60/hr.
  • If the plow is driving and has its lights flashing, approach with caution and pass when safe to do so.
  • If the plow is clearing snow and visibility is low, be patient. Snow plows pull over every 10-15 kms to allow you to pass safely.
  • Operators regularly inspect highways to determine if plowing, salt or sand is needed to ensure safe driving conditions. They report conditions to the Highway Hotline, which publishes timely information on Saskatchewan road conditions.

Always check the Hotline before you travel by visiting or calling 511.

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