With the winter season upon us, our Wicked Warnings team wanted to provide you with some safety tips to keep in mind while plowing. While emergency and safety lighting goes a long way, there are several other precautions to take before you gear up for the plowing season. Take a look at the helpful reminders below.
How to be Safe while Plowing
- When you are driving to your destination with your plow, be sure to angle the blade toward the curb (to your right). This reduces the likelihood of clipping something like a snow bank that could damage your vehicle.
- It is important to maintain a slower speed while transporting a snowplow. It is recommended not to exceed 40 MPH during transport, and remaining below 15 MPH when plowing.
- Constantly monitor your engine temperature to avoid overheating. If overheating does occur, you may need to adjust your blade to increase airflow to the radiator.
- Be aware of your surroundings. We recommend visiting the properties you will be plowing before the first snowfall. This will allow you to note any potential obstacles that can be hidden by snow such as landscaping, pipes, mailboxes, etc.
- When you’ve finished the job, ensure you’ve cut off all power supply to the plow and spreader before leaving your vehicle.
- While this may go without saying, get a good night’s rest before heading out to plow. At times this may seem impossible, but when operating your plow it is important to be alert at all times.
- Before heading out to plow, check all your equipment to ensure everything is in working order. Thoroughly inspect lights, tires, brakes, wipers, mirrors, and plow bolts and chains.
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