Roadside Chat : Please give snowplow drivers room to groom

1-13 give snowplows roomThis has been quite a winter already. With a pre-Christmas blizzard, a bit of ice, a lot of slush, and snowplow crews working endlessly to get the roads back into shape to make your travel safer.

You have places to go, we get that, but there are things you can do to make sure that you, your passengers, and those you share the road with arrive safely. Here are some key things to remember if you see a snowplow on your travels.

  • Snowplows travel between 25 and 35 miles an hour when plowing snow.
  • Snowplow drivers may have blind spots on the sides and directly behind the plow, so please stay back.
  • Never pass on the shoulder side of a plow. The plow will be moving snow to that shoulder.
  • Plows may kick up a snow cloud that can cause visibility issues.
  • Following a plow is always safer than passing it and risking driving into a snowdrift ahead.

So far this year in Iowa, seven people have been killed in a traffic crash. That’s an increase of six from last Friday. In Iowa in 2022, there were 338 traffic-related deaths. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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