Plowing Safety Tips

Overview
During winter, snow will fall and travel will become more challenging. The dedicated men and women of our Public Works Department will be out in force keeping our roadways as clean and safe as possible.

We would like to remind everyone to use extreme caution around the plow trucks and to utilize the information below.

Our Public Works Department boasts an excellent safety record, and you can help us continue to provide safe and effective snow removal by following these tips.

If you have questions, special needs, or concerns, please contact the Public Works Department at (630) 773-2455.

Safety Tips & Guidelines
  • Please make sure you are at a safe distance when pulling out in front of a plow truck - Our trucks can weigh in excess of 10 tons and require a longer than normal stopping distance on slick pavement
  • When following a plow, allow plenty of stopping distance - Plow trucks make frequent stops and back up with little warning. Remember, if you cannot see a plow truck's side view mirror, the driver cannot see you
  • Remain at a safe distance from rock salt - Rock salt is our main defense against slick pavement and our plows are capable of spreading this salt in a 20 foot pattern behind the vehicle. We do use shielding to deflect this pattern, but occasionally rock salt can damage nearby vehicles or come in contact with pedestrians
  • Please do not pass plow trucks - Please take a few minutes and allow us to clear your path