SHOSHONE, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) When winter storms hit, drivers are urged to use extra caution, but are you taking the necessary steps to be safe around snow plows.
The Idaho Transportation Department is spearheading their "Idaho Ready" campaign, which encourages drivers to learn the best ways to be prepared for winter conditions.
KMVT spoke with a snow plow operator about ways he wants other drivers to be safe when they see or are driving close to plows.
Walter Gallon wants to make drivers aware the plows are 12 feet wide and take up the entire lane of travel. He also wants drivers to know they need to only pass a plow on the left side.
"When they try to pass us on the right side of our trucks on a multi-lane highway because of the amount of snow we push with the plow,” Gallon explained. “The snow we push with the plow comes off the plow in a large plume that shoots off the plow, off the highway. When a person passes us on the right hand side, that plume goes right into the traveling direction of the commuter."
Any of the 409 snow plow trucks operating in the state of Idaho travel on any roadway between 30 to 35 miles per hour.