Snow plow wars: the drivers who have seen it all
When the snow is coming down and the temperatures are dropping, the snow plow drivers are out in full force making sure that everyone can get to where they need to be safely. But sometimes not everyone is so happy to see them, and that's when their jobs can become difficult.
"Most people are happy and wave, then there's the occasional person that will throw a snow shovel at you because you filled their driveway in," said Frank, a Grand Traverse County snow plow driver.
"We get told that we're, "number one," a lot," said Toby Javin, the Grand Traverse County Road Commission Superintendent.
Frank has been a plow driver for 14 years and says it's never a big surprise for him to come across some angry customers when he's out doing his job and trying to keep the roads clear.
"I had a guy chase me down one time, spin his car out in front of me, and got out and just started screaming at the top of his lungs because I filled his driveway in." said Frank.
"I've had snow blowers trying to blow snow on me," said Javin. "Literally trying to blow it and get it on my wind shield, which is a very dangerous game."
Frank says he's sympathetic for the people who's driveways get filled in after he cleans a road. But he also says it's important to keep in mind that he has the same issues to deal with when he gets home after a long day, and that his own co-workers are the ones filling his driveway back in.
When it comes to plowing on the highways, the snow plow drivers run into a whole other set of problems.
"People passing you right away and then turning left within a block or two in front of you," said Frank. "People passing oncoming at you. When you're trying to clean an intersection, people pull right up directly behind your truck where you can't see them."
The drivers say it's that unfortunate people get so frustrated with them, but they try to stay focused on the positives of their job, because they say they don't have time for the negatives.
"Without us doing that, your first responders are not able to get down the roads to even be able to take care of people, when it comes down to your utility workers or anything like that."