Calm Down and give us Room to Work
I know common sense and common courtesy aren’t very common that’s why I am giving this advice to all the drivers and pedestrians that come across a snowplow clearing a driveway or business property. It’s only been a few weeks since we’ve had snow and I’ve already seen quite a bit of stupidity. We are the ones that clear the parking lots of the businesses you are wanting to shop at or your work parking lot. Give us room to work, don’t try to go around when you think there is a split second or few feet available.
If we are backing onto the roadway we will wait for the passing vehicles to clear first but inevitably another vehicle will appear as we are backing out. We will only be in your way for 5-10 seconds until we get realigned and put the blade down again to continue plowing the property. By passing you are putting yourself and us at danger of a collision. It’ll take a few seconds for you to wait so we can work safely. Same for pedestrians. Don’t just walk behind a working snowplow as if you had the right away.
Make sure the driver sees you first and make sure the truck is stopped to allow you to pass. A snowplow will have to make many different direction changes to clear a property. With highway snow plow trucks don’t pass in between 2 plows, don’t pass a plow at all. They are making the roads safer for you to use. If being delayed for a few seconds behind a truck working a commercial/residential property or a few minutes behind a truck clearing the road ways is going to cause you to be late you didn’t take the weather into consideration and plan accordingly anyway.
Remember all us plow operators are human and can only be in 1 place at a time. Your road or driveway may not be done the instant you want it to be done but it will be done. It’s a process to get everything cleared.