Snow plows make the roads safe for us to reach our destinations.

Is it legal to pass a snow plow? From the Oregon Department of Transportation:

As a reminder to motorists, passing on the right is illegal when there is no lane available and the driver does not have a clear view ahead (ORS 811.415). Many, if not most plows have retractable wing plows that extend eight feet into the right lane and use of the wing plow severely restricts a driver’s view into the right lane.

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As more snow is dumped, WSDOT and ODOT snow plows will be doing their jobs of clearing roads, sanding, and salting. While this driver was passing on the left, it's always best to stay behind the snow plow.

A couple of reminders from WSDOT for driving in snow and encountering a snow plow:

Slow down.
Give road crews plenty of room to work.
Don't pass a plow, operators have limited visibility of other vehicles and may be throwing snow from either direction.
Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Give yourself extra room to stop.

Driving in inclement weather is stressful. Always know road conditions before you go. In WA, Call 511, 800.695.7623, or visit, In OR, visit

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