Highways and Public Works

Winter Driving

Driving with Snowplows

It’s a snowplow’s job to keep the road safe and clear for everyone.

During the winter months, snowplows are on the roadways. It is important to be aware and practice safe driving when you encounter them.

Did you know?

  • Snowplows always have the right-of-way. Yield and give them space, and don’t follow too closely.
  • Snowplows tend to travel at a slower speed and stop more frequently than other vehicles.
  • Snow-removal vehicles on public roadways are equipped with flashing lights that can be seen from 150 metres. Flashing blue lights warn you of wide and slow-moving vehicles.
  • When the plow is clearing the road, the snow and debris the blade picks up are thrown and deposited on the right hand side. Never pass snowplows on the right, only pass on the left when it is safe to do so.

When driving on Yukon highways, the driver must have their headlights on at all times – it’s the law. When you have your headlights on, you can be more easily seen by snowplows and other vehicles on the road.


Remember - Snowplows are working for you, not against you. Give them the time and space they need to maneuver and keep the roads clear.

Contact Transport Services

Government of Yukon
Department of Highways and Public Works
Box 2703 (W-17)
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C6

Phone: (867) 667-5832
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408, local 5832
Fax: (867) 667-5799
Email: road.safety@gov.yk.ca