Submitted Media Release

The County of Brant reminds motorists to stay a safe distance back from snow plows when you see blue flashing lights.

“To do the job right, snow plows and salt and sand trucks must travel slower than regular traffic,” said Mike Tout, Director of Roads at the County of Brant. “Sight lines and visibility near a working snow plow are significantly reduced by blowing snow.”

It is extremely dangerous to pass either between or around snow plows because of whiteout conditions and the ridge of snow created from the plow. At no time should a vehicle pass a snow plow. This could result in a severe collision.

“We want everyone to get home safely. When you see the blue flashing lights of a snow plow, remain a safe distance back,” said Tout. “The road surface is always better behind the plow than in front of it.”

When encountering an oncoming snow plow, move as far away from the centreline of the pavement as you safely can.

There are 1150 km of roads within the County of Brant and roads are plowed in order of priority. Roads that have a high amount of vehicle traffic and serve as major travel routes are prioritized over quiet backroads. “Please be patient and drive carefully as we get to all the roads in the County,” said Tout.

The County’s website offers winter storm preparedness information, links to an interactive road condition map and a checklist for your car and home emergency kit: