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3 Tips For Using A Snow Plow On Your Driveway

by Ian Howard

If you just purchased a snow plow for the purpose of plowing your driveway, here are three tips to keep in mind that will help you more effectively plow your driveway.

#1 Plow When The Snow Is Fresh

You should get out your snow plow and plow your driveway when the snow is fresh, right after the snow has stopped falling. When the snow is fresh, it is generally easier to move. As the snow sits, when it is really cold outside, the snow will get hard and dry that will require you to use more force and speed to push the snow. If it is warming up outside, it will make the snow really soft and slushy, which will create a bigger mess when plowing.

If you are getting a really big snow storm that is going to dump a ton of snow in your area, you may want to lightly plow your driveway a few times as the snow falls. When the snow gets too deep, it can be difficult to plow as well. It is better to plow a few times when the snow is a couple of inches deep than to wait until the snow is a couple of feet deep.

#2 Place Ground Stakes Near Curves

If your driveway is curved, or if you have any cement islands in the middle of your driveway, you are going to want to stake them out. You can purchase brightly colored fiberglass whips so that you can see the stakes and know where the curves and edges are no matter how deep the snow gets. You can even put the fiberglass whips along the edge of your driveway even if it is straight; this will help you not drive off the edge of your driveway and hit the cement curb or run over any plants that line your driveway.

#3 Use Snow Tires

For whatever vehicle you are going to attach your snow plow to, you are going to want to make sure that it is equipped with snow tires. This will help ensure that you have solid traction, which is even more important when you are plowing snow. Your vehicle needs to make solid contact with the ground in order to be able to effectively move the snow out of the way. Snow tires will provide you with the traction and resistant that you need to plow effectively.

Make sure that you plow when the snow is fresh, if possible, and frequently if you are getting hit with a big, long snowstorm. Be sure to mark out the edge of your driveway so you don't nick the cement edges or plants, and make sure that your vehicle your plow is attached to has snow tires so you can get the traction and friction that you need to push the snow on icy, solid ground. Contact a company like Koenig Body & Equipment Inc to learn more.