GREENSBORO, N.C. -- You see them driving those big yellow trucks. They spread salt and brine before the winter weather hits. They scrape the roads after. The men and women who spend countless hours behind the wheels of those big machines keep all of us from being stranded when snow and ice covers the roads.
A few days removed from the latest round of winter weather and the main roads are clear. The back roads in neighborhoods are a different story.
NCDOT plow drivers like Kenneth Taylor continue to man these dump trucks pushing that huge blade-sometimes around the clock-until every street is clear.
His office is a Mack Truck dump truck outfitted with a plow blade. You’ve seen him, throwing up that rooster tail of ice and slush, making sure the roads are ready for your car.
Up and down every street, clearing the intersections, doing this job for the masses while his family waits at home.
"The first thing that goes through my mind is getting my family in order cause I know that I’m going to be gone for the duration," Taylor says, as he clears roads in the Forest Oaks neighborhood of Guilford County. "Until the roads are clean that (in the truck) is where I live."
But for Taylor and other plow truck drivers, there is a sacrifice and a reward.
"I have a daughter, she’s four. That’s probably the worst thing about it. I’ve never really got to stay at home and play with her in the snow. That’s a good trade you know, you’re out here doing things like this, you never know, you could be saving somebody’s life."
But at this point, like many, he’s ready for winter to say goodbye.