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What Snowplow Drivers Should Keep in Mind Going into the Winter

Snow is beginning to fall in Iowa. While it might be less than an inch on some nights, it will not take long before the roads could get covered in feet of a wintry wonderland. To make sure thousands of drivers are able to manage in these conditions, the snowplow drivers have received their proper training at this point to be ready on a moment's notice.

Dealing with some of the year's toughest road conditions makes snowplowing no easy task. Unfortunately, most of the danger that comes with the job is due to the other drivers on the road that lack experience or make the wrong move on the highway. There have been multiple reports over the years that showcase trends of accidents that typically happen to snowplow drivers around their optimal work periods per year. These motorists should keep some of these studies in mind before they begin clearing the white roads.

Morning commutes are the worst times

The Des Moines Register found that there were around 230 snowplow accidents between the winters of 2013 to 2014. Out of these incidents, 44 percent occurred between 6 a.m. and noon. It serves as an inconvenient time for all motorists involved. If there is late overnight snow, snowplow drivers do not have nearly as much time to clear the roads before most of the general public begin heading to work around 6 or 7.

Though most motor vehicle accidents occur in the nighttime, it is easier to predict the weather for later in the evening than it is for the morning. Several residents are beginning to cross their fingers as they go to bed hoping particular forecasts do not happen. Many of these drivers will try to rush to work on these slippery roads and may hit the slow-moving snowplow in the process. Snowplow drivers may also be in a rush themselves and could cause property damage if they try to perform their job too hastily.

Many drivers are unaware of your blind spots

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, the most common types of damage a snowplow gets is rear end collision. The public is aware that the most likely cause for this involves drivers that underestimate how slow a snowplow is supposed to go (25-35 mph) who end up tailgating the vehicle and crashing into them after sliding on the ice in a failed braking attempt.

However, most do not know just how many blind spots you have. They are either not aware or quickly forget that you cannot see what is right behind you or through your shoulder side. You can only see in front of you and the adjacent lanes behind you. This is more likely to occur on roads with limited lanes as the drivers will have very few safe options to try and pass you.

Snowplow driving may be one of the most important jobs in the winter, but it can also be one of the most hazardous. Heavy snowfall can impair the driving abilities of even the more experienced motorists. If you receive any injuries while on the job, an attorney can help you file a claim for workers' compensation to get your medical services covered.