Thursday, December 10, 2015

Yesterday and Today: Snowplows

Snow hasn’t changed since the 1950s, but the way ADOT clears it from the road has.

While today’s snowplows look quite different compared to the design from decades ago, we’re fairly certain that back then snowplow operators appreciated the cooperation of other motorists just as much as they do now.

This winter, ADOT has 450 commercially licensed snowplow drivers who are all ready for the next storm. When it snows, ADOT’s plow drivers stay very busy – the typical shift lasts 12 hours during a storm. To help make their jobs a little easier, there are some simple things all motorists can do.

Respect the plow
First, remember that during or immediately after a snowstorm, you’re better off delaying your travel until the roadways are clear and the weather has cleared up. If you must drive, please follow these safety tips:
  • Never pass a snowplow! Slow down and be patient.
  • Stay at least four car lengths behind snowplows and equipment. Plowed snow can create a cloud that reduces visibility, and spreaders on trucks throw salt or sand that can damage your vehicle.
  • Watch for snowplows operating in multiple travel lanes or in tandem.
  • If approaching an oncoming snowplow, slow down and give the plow extra room.
For even more on ADOT’s snowplow crews, take a look at this video from last year to see what a day in the life of a snowplow operator entails. You cans also visit ADOT’s Know Snow page for safe driving recommendations and tips to help you prepare for driving in wintry conditions.

Blog-2015-1007-YandTlogoWe love featuring vintage transportation-related photographs on this blog, but we also like to focus on how things have improved and changed over the years. That’s why we thought it’d be fun to compare the old to the new in a series we’re calling, “Yesterday and Today.”
Posted by Angela DeWelles   |  Labels:  -KnowSnow, Snowplows, Yesterday-and-Today


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Civil Rights

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other nondiscrimination laws and authorities, ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.