With the dump of snow, we have been getting the last few days a lot of people would rather just stay home. For some, however, traveling the highways is a necessary part of their daily commute.

One thing people might not be used to seeing this year is snow plows and snow removal equipment. With the recent snowfall, equipment has been moving up and down the highways and some people might not be aware that there was new legislation recently introduced.

Here's Bill Pacholka who is the Southern Director of Snowplow Operations to explain.

"What the legislation does, is they're treated the same as other emergency vehicles. Whether it's the police or a tow truck, when they're on the side of the road you have to pass at 60 kilometers an hour."

All plows and snow equipment have been equipped with a flashing blue and amber light so they shouldn't be hard to miss.

If you happen to get stuck behind a snow plow your best bet is to keep a good following distance and be cautious.

Bill Pacholka "What happens sometimes is it might be clear, but then they encounter a snow drift. That's when you get the swirl of snow behind and you'll have zero visibility with that mini blizzard," he said. "So if you can't see, stay back."

With a chance of snow well into the weekend, it's always good to have these tips in the back of your mind. Plow operators are already working long hours in treacherous conditions and anything to make the roads safer is never a bad thing.

 

 

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