January 17, 2019
Do you remember getting behind the wheel for the first time? It was likely terrifying and exciting all at the same time. Now imagine what that experience is like if the wheel is attached to a 50,000-pound snow plow and you’re headed out into your first snowstorm.
“These machines are very large and we are often working in less than ideal conditions. If the person behind the wheel isn’t adequately trained, there is a real potential for danger,” said Craig Bargfrede, Iowa Department of Transportation winter operations administrator.
Many Iowa DOT snowfighters are seasoned veterans with years of experience under their belts. Several are at or near retirement age, so we're hiring new snowfighters to keep you moving. Since getting that first feel for snowplowing isn't something we want to do in an actual storm, we’ve trained a large number of new men and women on a high-tech simulator.
You know that it’s dangerous to use your phone when you’re driving. You may have even lectured others to put the phone down when behind the wheel. But when you hear that “ding” of an incoming text message, curiosity can get the best of you.
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Need an easy win on your New Year’s resolutions? Resolve to improve traffic safety by simply using your turn signal every time you want to change lanes or make a turn. Using your blinker is so simple and so effective to let those around you know what you’re planning to do.
Don’t underestimate the power of a turn signal. When you think about it, that’s the only indication other drivers have of where your car is going to go. A study conducted by the Society of Automotive Engineers made a rather surprising claim: Turn signal neglect is causing millions of crashes per year and may be more dangerous than distracted driving.