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Winter Weather: Tips for Shoveling Snow from Driveways

Post Date:02/18/2019 10:40 AM

It happens: you shovel out your driveway, maybe even help your neighbors with theirs. Then the snow plow comes along and pushes snow across the driveway apron.

Plow drivers don't do it purposely, and they can't prevent it. But you may be able to — by how you shovel snow from your driveway.

Residents can beat the plow with some snow shoveling tips:

  • Don't stop at the curb or roadway when shoveling. Continue to remove snow from the ground for a few feet past the curb — or, for those without curbs, remove snow a few feet into the street from your driveway.
  • Pile snow to the left of the driveway (as you face the driveway), a few feet from the curb or edge of the property. This keeps that snow out of the plow's path (and out of someone else's driveway). Remember: do not pile snow in the street.
  • When shoveling, clear an area in the snow to the right of the driveway. Make the area a few feet long and a few feet wide. That way, the plow has less snow to carry past your driveway — and the plow can drop the snow it's already carrying. (Remember to pile the snow either to the left of the driveway or a few feet away from the hole.)
  • Help avoid snow "spills" into driveways: consider delaying shoveling until after the city has finished widening the snow plowing of your street. (This is particularly helpful when the city experiences substantial snowfall.) 

The city works around the clock during snow emergencies to remove snow from roadways. Residents and business owners are encouraged to remove snow from their driveways, walkways and sidewalks on their property.

For those who need assistance with snow removal, check with the civic association for recommendations, or contract with a commercial company for snow removal service. (Consider making these arrangements early in the season, preferably before the snow arrives, so you have peace of mind and an assurance of snow removal service.)