If you live in the desert, rest assured you can avoid snowplowing, which could be a hassle, especially during the cold winter nights. However, in case that you live in an area with cold winters, then you should prepare yourself for seasonal plowing and snow removing.
Snowplows can save your life in winter months because they are simple to install on ATVs or trucks and you can start cleaning your backyard. There are two ways that you can handle snow: by yourself, which means that you should own an appropriate snowplow, or by choosing commercial snow plowing by Lenard’s Lawn Care Service.
If you purchased one and you do not know how to handle it, do not worry, because we will help you familiarize yourself with basic features and capabilities.
You Have To Prepare Yourself
As soon as you attach a plow to your vehicle, it is important to understand that you will have an additional level of responsibility. The work should start before the first snow appears on your backyard.
It is important to conduct regular maintenance so that you can check whether everything works because it will be much more challenging to do it when snow covers everything. You should familiarize yourself with user manual for your vehicle and plow so that you can understand how it works.
It is vital to keep an eye on leaks, fluid levels, battery connections, tire damage, defrosters, and windshield wipers. You should start it with a full tank of fuel because snowplowing is exhausting and you do not want to stop in the middle of the road.
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You have to make sure that all signals and lights are working, and if you have minor ones, you should add more lights to be more transparent and visible to other drivers. Always have a snowplowing kit on hands such as a flashlight, flares, jumper cables, windshield scraper, extra deicing fluid and bag of salt, regular toolkit, a shovel, fully charged cell phone and warm clothes.
Consider online tips and user manual so that you can get appropriate plow spare parts in case that something goes wrong along the way. If you have to deal with heavy-duty assignments, you should have tow straps and fire extinguisher next to you just in case.
Check for any damage so that you can ensure that plow is fully functional and that it does not have issues with mobility features.
Create a Comprehensive Plan
You should check the weather report to see when is the start time of the storm and when it will have the peak of strength. By scoping and analyzing your area, you will be able to plow much better when the snow arrives.
You should check for obstacles that could be covered such as curbs, hydrants, tree trucks, and have the idea of the layout of space that you have to clean. The next step is to create a comprehensive plan for your route.
You will want to create a route that will drive you forward as much as possible so that you can deposit snow on appropriate and logical areas such as away from building entrances, and downwind so that you can prevent snowdrifts.
The ideal perspective is to start plowing during the storm because that way you will be able to prevent hardened and build up icescapes and thick snow. On the other hand, if you are expecting light snowfall, you should adjust your timing to be active where people are not around especially if you work in heavily crowded areas.
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Understand the Snow
You will need technique and skill to plow snow, and it is more than just driving and cleaning the area. You should read the user manual carefully and conduct research that will help you understand how to plow based on the size of the area and snow.
Different types of plows will help you accomplish a wide array of assignments. If you want to remove snow from the wall, you should lift it, drive to the wall, lower it down and back up so that you can pull the snow with you.
On the other hand, if you drive straight and long route, we recommend you to angle the plow to the right so that you can reduce the possibility of catching damage.