PHOENIX - Arizona Department of Transportation crews will spend this week practicing on snow plow simulators, attending classes, and training on actual snow plows in preparation for upcoming winter conditions.
Nearly 400 ADOT employees will be licensed to drive the special equipment.
The goal is to be prepared to clear roads leading to the high country. As we've seen in the past, some trouble spots include Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.
Drivers who use these roads should prepare for icy and snowy conditions too, ADOT warned.
Drivers are encouraged to accelerate and brake slowly, watch out for ice that is likely to form under bridges and in shaded areas, and stay at least 500 feet behind snow plows.
Also, Department of Public Safety officials say drivers should pack carefully when hitting the road.
Some things you may want to keep in your vehicle: a flashlight, emergency kit, shovel, sand, ice scraper, warm clothes, snack bars, water, and a blanket.
Roads can sometimes stay closed for days. According to ADOT, drivers who find themselves stranded on the road are often not prepared with enough warm clothes.