INDOT warns to be ready for winter weather

Whether we like it or not, winter weather is here and the Indiana Department of Transportation has some things they want you to keep in mind.

It's all part of Winter Weather Preparedness Week. Tuesday we went out to see what it was like to drive a snow plow.

After realizing it was a lot harder than in looks, we were told each driver has training inside and outside the classroom, and they all have to be re-certified every year.

Driving these plows in slick conditions can be very dangerous so they are asking you to be alert, give crews plenty of room and of course slow down.

“Although they are highly trained, there is so much that can go into a winter storm when you are driving these 10 ton trucks full of salt and plowing snow with oftentimes drivers that are driving too aggressively around them,” says Matt Deitchley from INDOT Northwest District.

Deitchley says INDOT uses scientific weather prediction to know exactly what conditions will hit and when. This allows crews to treat the roads before, during and after the snow and slick conditions hit.

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