Safe Winter Driving


Safe Winter Driving


To ensure the safety of both motorists and snowplow operators, New York State's Safe Winter Driving campaign aims to prevent crashes and fatalities by reminding drivers to give snowplow trucks plenty of room on the road.

During the winter of 2021-2022, the Department of Transportation plowed approximately 10 million miles of road. That’s like traveling around the Earth at the equator 400 times or traveling to the moon and back 21 times. Separately, the Thruway Authority plowed approximately 1.5 million lane miles spanning 570 miles statewide, and clearing more than 20 feet of snow.

In addition to reminding motorists to slow down and stay safely behind snowplows, the Safe Winter Driving campaign highlights resources for winter driving tips, how to winterize your vehicle, and advisory systems offering access to more than 1,000 live traffic cameras.

Don't Crowd the Plow

Safety in the Snow

Safe Winter Driving
Safe Winter Driving

Snowplow Safety

Learn the Facts and Stay Safe Around Snowplows

How Plows Operate

Remember: none of our practices are intended to slow you down. They are intended to maximize safety! Be patient and drive with caution.

Tow Plows

Tow plows attach to our plow trucks and, when combined with a traditional plow, give snowplow operators the ability to simultaneously salt and clear snow from two travel lanes at once.

Stay Informed


511NY is an important resource that allows travelers to know the current travel conditions in real time before heading out on a trip.

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