How to Snow Blow your Drive way like a Pro

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Snow is common in high altitude and high latitude areas such as Europe, North America, Greenland, and Russia. Typically, these areas will record low to high snow fall rates during winter. In the U.S, November to January are the snowiest months. The intensity of snowing averages between medium and high. The National Weather Service describes this snow fall rate as anything above 0.5 inches per hour.

Some of the most notorious states that often record as high as 2 inches of snow per hour include New Hampshire, Alaska. Vermont, Maine, and New York. It is difficult to keep your car on the road in these states without these useful winter tools for car.

One of the most important tools for snowy winters is a snow removal tool. You can use it to clear snow from the driveway or pathway very fast. Otherwise, piles of snow might frustrate you in the morning or when you have to rush to work in your car.

Why a snow blower?

Although there are many types of snow removal tools, the most effective one when you are in a rush is a snow blower. You can choose an electric, gas, or cordless snow blower but the latter is the most convenient. A cordless snow blower does not need to be plugged to an electrical socket and it does not produce harmful fumes. All you need is a fully charged battery to power it through snow piles.

Another reason why a battery powered snow blower is the best for removing snow in the driveway is the fact that you can push it as far away from home as possible. Also, power blackouts, which are common during winter, cannot disrupt your snow removal plan. Unless your battery does not have enough electric charge. Nevertheless, a corded snow blower can also get the job done but you will need a long enough cord. A gas snow blower is equally as convenient as an electric cordless one but produces gas fumes.

Blow snow like a pro

Once your snow blower ready, it is time to start blowing snow out of your drive way. However, you need to know how to go about the task so that you can get it done as fast as possible lie a pro. In this section, I will share with you useful snow blowing tips for removing snow from the drive way when you are in a hurry. Remember the objective is to get your car from the parking lot to the road as quickly as possible.

Tip 1: Estimate the track width of your car

The track width of a car is the horizontal space between the wheels. This size lets you know the area of the driveway to focus on to avoid unnecessary work. Instead of removing snow from the entire track width, just remove snow cover as wide as your car wheel. Ideally, one or two passes with your snow blower is enough. It depends on the snow depth in your area. This snow blowing tip will help save the time you spend clearing the drive way for your car.

Tip 2: Start clearing snow from one side of the driveway

To remove snow effectively without repeating, start to blow from one side of the driveway. In other words, start from the track of your left or right side wheels to the other side. Remember you only want to create a path for the tires. This should be around 12 inches wide or simply the width of your snow blower.

Tip 3: Ensure enough clearance at the center of the drive way

Once you clear the path for the wheels on one side, move to the center. Here, you only need to clear snow to get a good ground clearance for your car. You are lucky if your car has good ground clearance. Generally, SUVs have 7-8 inches of ground clearance whereas small cars average at 5 inches. Again, the decision on whether or not to remove snow from the center of the track depends on the depth of snow cover versus the ground clearance of your car.

If you have to remove the snow at the center, just remove enough to create sufficient clearance. Generally, one pass with your snow blower is enough.

Tip 4: Throw snow to the sides

Adjust the chute so that it throws snow to the sides. That is, when clearing snow from the left-most side of the drive way, turn the chute to the left. At the center, turn the chute to the right. Let it remain in this position even when blowing snow from the right most track. This will keep snow from returning to the places you have already cleared.

Julius

Julius is an electrical engineer working as an O&M supervisor at a solar microgrid company. He heads a team tasked with maintaining operations of microgrid power plants. In his career, Julius has learned that getting the right tools for the trade is key to getting the job done right. That is why he likes to talk about tools.