TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The Vigo County Highway Department prepares for winter storms days in advance.
They say when winter weather strikes their plows go into action. However, they say area drivers need to be alert when the department is working roads.
They say it typically takes around 12 hours during a winter weather event to completely clear the county's roads.
On top of driving the plow, Highway Superintendent Dan Bennett says there are many things going on in the cab that the operator is doing to make sure the roads are clean.
"The driver is making adjustments to his materials. He's adjusting his speed. He's adjusting the plow. He's got a lot going on up there too" he says.
Bennett says it's a good idea stay off typically dangerous roads during winter weather until the plows have had enough time to clear snow.