“People just need to stay back and try not to pass,” said Scott Powell, a district supervisor for the Road Commission. “That is probably the biggest thing.”
Powell said drivers are looking out for many things when they’re behind the wheel of a plow truck.
"They’re looking at what everyone else is doing on the road and trying to do their job, whether they’re pushing snow or putting salt down,” he said.
The Michigan Department of Transportation reminds motorists to accelerate and brake slowly, slow down when visibility is reduced, and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles on the road.
Transportation officials say that while it might be desired to move at posted speeds, the severity of Michigan winter storms sometimes does not allow it.
Michigan's Basic Speed Law requires motorists to drive at a "careful and prudent" speed in all driving conditions to be able to stop within a clear distance ahead. This means that drivers may be required to drive at a slower-than-posted speed.
Before heading onto the road, drivers can check traffic incidents, weather reports and live camera views of Grand Rapids-area freeways on MDOT's Mi Drive traffic website.