And they need the dry run. It's been over six months since these drivers have used the trucks. Shannon Messinger's in charge of the Loves Park street department: “You use a lot of muscles--you're constantly moving your arms, steering the wheel, turning the plow, salt spreader on and off, lifting the bikes--there's a lot more than just two hands on the steering wheel."
Tight maneuvering, backing up, and dropping the plow are just some of the skills needed to get through the course. Matt Fread's been a snow plow driver for 14 years and has won this competition in the past. He says, “I'd say it's quite beneficial. Kind of gives you a little practice, gets you ready for the winter time."
So which municipality has the best snow plow driver in the Stateline? This year, Cherry Valley wins. But really, the rodeo drives everyone to be better. Freeman says, “They'll challenge each other to try to do better, or I'm gonna do better than you this year, or you're gonna do better than this guy this year, and you get some new guys that come out and do better than the veterans."
Snow Plow drivers say one of the biggest problems on the roadways is careless drivers. They urge motorists to use caution around their trucks.