How to Plow Snow: Tips, Tricks, and Techniques

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Shoveling snow every winter can be back-breaking work. So, you may consider hiring a snow removal contractor or getting your own snowplow, which can be easily be installed on trucks or larger vehicles. Read this guide to learn how to plow snow, snow plow techniques, and basic snow removal tips from snow removal experts.

How to Plow Snow: Safety and Prep

Familiarizing yourself with your vehicle and snow plow is key to ensuring the safety of yourself and others. Make sure your vehicle and snow plow have been maintained. All aspects of your vehicle should be at optimum condition including the lights, windshield wipers, and defroster. More importantly, review the plow system's user manual carefully. Learn the basics of your plow and its controls. Also, it is smart to have emergency items including jumper cables, flashlights, tools, and a charged cellphone. Plus, buy snowplow markers from Plow Right Marking Stakes to protect a property from damage, and to save time and energy when staking it.

How to Plow Snow: Secure Your Space 

Keeping your property safe is essential when learning how to plow snow. Review the area and use bright durable marking stakes to demarcate edges, property lines and hazardous spaces. This can include obstacles such as fire hydrants, curbs, cars, and trees. Doing this ahead of time can save you from any potential damage to your property or vehicle.

Snowplow Techniques

Plowing snow takes practice and time to master. Since every plow is different, you should carefully review the manual for their recommended snowplow technique. An important factor to consider is how much snow has accumulated and where to pile the snow. You should avoid piling the snow in walkways, roads, or storm drains.

We usually recommend starting to plow when the snow reaches one inch. If a significant amount of snow is expected, plow with the storm rather than letting snow accumulate. You should also keep your speed low and be mindful of your surroundings at all times. It is also helpful to avoid heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic hours. Another snowplow technique to consider is to further secure your vehicle by installing snow tires for good traction.

Start Plowing with Marking Stakes

Remember to keep property safe with our bright marking stakes. They are available in different sizes and can be reused multiple times. Plus, our handy installation tool makes staking quick and easy. If you're a snow removal professional, learn how to offset the cost of marking stakes. Or, contact us today to learn more!


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