Weâ??ve all been there--running errands, driving to work, or picking up the kids from school when luck runs dry and youâ??re stuck behind a snowplow.
Temptation to zip past is strong, but MDOT officials warn driving too close and even passing can be extremely dangerous.
â??Keep your distance,â?? said Houghton MDOT garage supervisor, Dave Maki. â??Like I said, donâ??t crowd the plow, and be careful for the storm thatâ??s created behind the snowplow. Thereâ??s a lot of blowing snow.â??
From 4 a.m. until 1 a.m., MDOT drivers cycle through every road in the county, plowing, grating, and sanding the main roads most often.
â??Theyâ??ve got a lot to contend with out there with the zero visibility and the blowing and drifting snow,â?? Maki explained. â??A lot of trees had been knocked down, and with the public moving around throughout the holidays, thereâ??s been a lot of traffic.â??
For people who are plowing private property, MDOT reminds the public to be conscious of where snow is piled, making sure the piles donâ??t obstruct the vision of traffic.
The Michigan Vehicle Code strictly prohibits piling snow, ice, or slush on roadways or highways.
â??Itâ??s illegal to plow snow across the state highway, and you should not discharge it down the shoulder of the highway either,â?? Maki added.
So, next time youâ??re stuck behind a plow, the best rule of thumb is to just wait it out.
â??People just have to be a little patient,â?? Maki said. â??Weâ??ve been falling behind a little bit, but weâ??re doing the best we can.â??
As the MDOT motto says: drive like you want to make it home tonight.