It is easy to identify a person driving safely from someone who is a bad driver by their attitude about whether to pass a snow plough on winter roads.
Is that whiteness you can see on the road just a sprinkling of light snow or could there be ice in among it.
If there is any doubt about how slippery the road might actually be, and you happen to be following a snow plow, why on earth would you overtake the plow?
It seems like a silly question but its amazing how many drivers will do this, long after the point when the road surface can be accurately, reliably be assessed.
Some of the commonest culprits are the drivers of four-wheel-drive [4WD] or all-wheel-drive [AWD] vehicles, many of whom apparently think that 4WD and AWD cars and pick-ups somehow have more grip on slippery roads than do two-wheel-drive vehicles but that is simply not true. They DO have more traction — for setting off from a standstill or slowly climbing a slippery hill — but not more grip, which is a different thing and is governed solely by the type and quality of the tires, the vehicle’s speed, and the slipperiness (i.e. “coefficient of friction”) of the road surface.
So before you go cruisin’ on by the plow, take time to think whether your hopes of saving a few minutes by going from a poor road surface to what might be a terrible road surface is somehow worth the risk.
If you do decide to stay behind the plow stay well back. It helps your view ahead and the plow driver’s view of you in the mirrors, but it certainly does NOT give the newly spread salt any chance to work in such a short time so don’t get complacent about having good grip!
Finally, if you have drivers who have to be behind the wheel in winter months, we will happily run safe driving courses for your team during that time, up to the point where either the roads are closed for safety or our instructors make a judgement call on that same issue. Over our twelve years doing this work, with several instructors, that has put our team off the road for exactly one half-day! See more information about our courses then contact us to discuss your needs.