Mainroad Contracting has launched its ‘Shift into Winter’ campaign aimed at keeping British Columbians informed and safe on the road.

The road maintenance company is trying to get the message out about what to do if you encounter plow trucks in your travels.

Operations Manager with Mainroad Chris Cowley said you need to keep your distance.

“At least ten car lengths is what we recommend, remember that a plow truck is spreading salt and winter abrasives, there’s going to be a lot of material coming out the back and we don’t want that hitting your vehicle,” said Cowley. “You need to be very cautious when approaching a plow truck, never attempt to pass one,  the conditions in front of the plow truck are going to be a lot worse than the conditions behind it.”

Cowley said a plow truck will get out of your way when it’s safe and he adds that some trucks have a wing on them, meaning there is more truck than you might think.

Cowley said some plow trucks have wings on them, making them wider than you might think.

Along with knowing what to do when sharing the road with a plow truck, it’s also important to practice safe driving behaviours in less than ideal road conditions.

“Winter is different and we need to adjust our driving habits throughout the season,” said Cowley.