Once the blizzard or a snowstorm subsides, a person has three choices. First, get sound sleep on their bed. Second, step out in the bitterly cold weather with a shovel or a Snow Blower. Third, plow the heck of the snow with you sitting inside the luxury & the comfort of your vehicle. Well, the third one sounds impressive, right?
Firstly, you need to get over the discussion of Snow Plow vs Snow Blower. Once, you have considered that a Snow Plow is better than Snow Blower, then the article will make complete sense. In this article, we will be briefly talking about how to use a Snow Plow in a Driveaway. We would be guiding you through the pre-planning, planning & tips regarding snow plowing.
Pre-Planning of Snow Plowing in a Driveway
Without a proper plan, snow plowing is a difficult task with chances of errors in it. Firstly you need to choose a Snow Plow that does its work perfectly well. The second thing you would require is a pickup truck or a Sports Utility Vehicle (also known as an SUV). A vehicle like Nissan Titan is considered the best for snow plowing.
Once, you get the Snow Plow is mounted & strapped, then start estimating the snow plowing work. But, before that, you can start staking your driveaway. Once, the weather forecast has predicted a heavy snowfall, start preparing. Mark the points of start & stop (entrances) in the driveaway. Also, set a few reflective markers at key junctures.
If it is a long driveaway then place reflective markers, at a distance of anywhere between 10 feet to 15 feet. This will help you in planning out the work. The major advantage would be that you would clearly know the dimensions of the driveway & helping you recognize gardens, sidewalks, and other areas. This would be irrespective of the size of the snow blanket or the amount of natural light available. The pre-planning step ensures less damage to your driveaway & plowing automobile.
Planning of Snow Plowing in a Driveway
One of the best ways to reduce the burden of plowing work is by planning it properly. One of the simplest plans is to plow in regular intervals. It is easier to get rid of an inch or two of snow but plowing piles of snow can be tiresome, time-consuming & difficult. So, even if it means that you have to step out amidst the snowstorm, then do it! It is worth your while & effort.
Also, understand that there can be other Snow Plows too! If your driveaway opens up to the road, then are chances that a pile of snow may arise in front of you. If you have pesky neighbors then the risk still exists. So, prepare & brace yourself for the extreme too. One way you can reduce the snow blanket is by preparing a small indentation towards the right side of the driveaway. This will ensure that the plowing will push the snow to fall into the indentation.
Smaller & straighter driveaways are easy to plow. Straight Snow Plows are recommended. Move towards the street with your Snow Plow lowered & reverse-pull the snow. Irrespective of the vehicle you are using, keep a watch on how you are moving. Always fasten your seatbelt & ensure that you don’t hit someone while snow plowing.
For a bigger driveaway, it is recommended to push the snow towards the sides of the driveaway. V Snow Plows & Expandable Snow Plows are highly recommended. For this, it is necessary that the Snow Plow you have can turn at a particular angle. For bigger driveaways, you would require multiple trips of snow plowing.
- Once you clear the snow by plowing, find a suitable place to pile. Obviously, the place should be out of the driveaway. Moreover, it should not obstruct the traffic at all. The best place to pile up the snow would be where it can drain once the sun comes out. Never place the pile of the snow over a drain, near electrical equipment, or any such stuff.
- It is better to have a few rounds of snow plowing than going all out of snow plowing at once.
- Stay alert & careful while snow plowing. With experience, you become much more well-versed.
- Always consider the type of snow. Heavy & wet snow is difficult to plow while light & dry snow is much easier to plow.
- If the snow plowing becomes difficult, consider using a salt spreader. It is highly recommended for the bigger driveaways & the ones with a lot of curves & other problems. A salt spreader uses rock salt that firstly lowers the freezing point of snow. This converts snow into water (actually saltwater). It also provides the much-needed traction on the driveaway.
- Take care of the Snow Plow & your vehicle after snow plowing. Firstly, inspect the Snow Plow & the vehicle. Clean it thoroughly without any traces of snow. Always ensure that the Snow Plow & the vehicle remain free of corrosion. This will save you a lot of bucks.