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These rules apply whenever and
wherever the school bus lights are
activated. Some municipalities have rules
for school bus operation specific to their
region.

Snowplows

When clearing snow from the roads,
snowplows may create a snow cloud
that makes it difficult for drivers of other
vehicles to see them. It may also be
difficult to see past the snowplows for
oncoming vehicles.

Here are some safety tips when driving
near a snowplow:
• Snowplows are equipped with flashing
   amber and red lights to make them
   more visible. Remember “flashing amber
   and red means snowplow ahead.”
• Maintain a safe following distance
   behind the snowplow. Most
   maintenance vehicles will have a sign
   at the rear to let motorists know the
   minimum safe following distance.
   Keeping this distance will give you more
   time to react to the unexpected, and
   avoid rock damage to your vehicle from
   the snowplow’s sanding unit.
• Snow plow operators will move to the
   side of the road, where it is safe, every
  8 to 12 kilometers to allow vehicles to
   pass. Even when passing is permitted,
   it is safer to stay well back until the
   snowplow operator can safely move
   over to allow vehicles to pass.
• Before passing a snowplow on a
   two lane highway (one lane in each
   direction), be sure you can see far
   enough ahead and that passing is

   permitted by the road markings or
   signs.

When a snowplow is approaching
from the opposite direction, look ahead
in your lane carefully. There may be an
oncoming vehicle that is passing the
snowplow using your lane. Be prepared
to use an escape route.

Railway crossings

Never try to outrace a train to a crossing.
Trains need a very long distance to come
to a stop. Always yield to them. Railway
crossings are marked with signs. They
can also have mechanical or electrical
warning devices.

ADVANCE WARNING SIGNS:

These signs tell you
to look, listen and
reduce speed because
you may have to
stop for a train. The
speed sign below the
advance warning sign
is the recommended
speed for the railroad
crossing. It will be less
than the posted speed
for the road.

 

CHAPTER EIGHT                                                                                           SHARING THE ROAD  101 
 

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