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Safety near plows: a refresher before weekend snow

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JOHNSON COUNTY (KWWL) - When it snows, we all hope our next trip is safe -- and that's the goal of plow drivers.

"You just never know what Mother Nature's gonna throw at you," said Jay Schwake, snowplow driver. "We try our hardest to get everything covered as soon as we can."

Plows move slowly, at 25 to 35 miles per hour -- even out on the interstate. Drivers don't always have patience to get past.

Earlier this month, 12 Iowa Department of Transportation plows got hit by drivers -- in one day.

Now, the DOT is pushing for lawmakers to let them to change their amber lights to blue and white ones for better visibility.

But for now, they continue to push this message to others: Slow down.

The trucks have large blind spots and can't see out much of their back windows. The trucks have mirrors all over the front to help the driver see, but there's a lot of pieces to these trucks, and it's hard for them to see you, drivers say.

"We're trying to get a job accomplished out here, and slowing down just makes it a lot easier for us to help the public out," said Schwake.

To
help drivers test their knowledge of sharing the roads with plows, the DOT created a quiz. You can take it by clicking herehttps://www.qzzr.com/quiz/how-well-do-you-share-the-road-with-snowplows/fi9xdWl6emVzLzMxMjc2

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