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Drivers take the bus after snow showers in Kanawha County

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On a day like Friday, the salt trucks have been out in full force, trying to treat as many areas as possible.

The Divisions of Highways said its crews go into overdrive mode and spread around as much salt as they can when the snow comes down fast.

Timothy Zeller and Lindsay Brammer both could not get out Saint Albans on Friday. They said the snow was piled up too high.

"I was backing out of my driveway and I got into the street, and my car spun out for like 10 or 15 minutes. I finally gave up on it. Even taking the bus, the bus was all over the road," Zeller said.

"It's really hard to get out in my mother's car. She doesn't have four-wheel drive or anything. I was riding the bus today and it was really slick, like, taking those turns I was a little bit afraid," Brammer said.

They decided to take the bus into Charleston as a last resort.

It was a slick and bumpy ride despite the DOH's best efforts to salt the roads, they said.

Chris Sweeney has been working for the DOH for three years.

He spent Friday morning treating Interstate-79 from Charleston to Elkview.

He said driving one of these salt trucks can be a dangerous job.

Impatient drivers try to pass his salt truck quite frequently, he said.

He said it's best to keep a safe distance when trying to pass a salt truck.

"As long as I can see their tail lights ahead of my plow, not too close but not too far away. At night, a lot of times, that's what we have to use to navigate these roads," he said.

These trucks also do not go faster than 35 mph when treating the roads.

'Take your time and don't be in a hurry. If you get in a hurry, you're going to wreck and possiblY kill yourself, possibility put us out of commission of one truck, which is not good," Sweeney said.

Drivers also need to stay 100 feet away from the back of a salt truck.  Otherwise, the salt can do damage to your vehicle.