Wicked Warnings Plow Safety Tips

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. When you’ve finished the job, ensure you’ve cut off all power supply to the plow and spreader before leaving your vehicle.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Check out our Wicked Warnings store for the products you need to prepare your plow for the upcoming winter, or view our video below for a snowplow build we’ve recently completed. If you like what you see, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for the latest builds. Are you interested in get started on upfitting your snowplow or an entire fleet? Email us at info@wickedwarnings.com

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Video Demonstration of Wire Swap Installation for Auto Flasher Kits - Molex Connector Pin Removal & Replacement

What are the Wicked Auto Flasher Kits & how do they work?

Wicked Warnings has been around since 2005 with stellar references and we have been using our WAF (Wicked Auto Flasher) module since early 2016 with zero reported vehicle failures. There is no known risk to using any factory lighting as flashers that we are aware of. Of course, all your factory lights will always revert to factory function when the strobes are not being used.

Many of our builds feature a combination of factory lighting as well as purpose-built emergency lights to create a more effective display, so we urge you to consider more than just factory strobe lighting on your build. We have many options available to supplement the factory lighting.

How does the Auto Flasher connect to my truck anyway?

We have 3 connection methods used in our WAF (Wicked Auto Flasher) kits. The way that we manipulate the factory lighting is through the wires. We DO NOT reprogram any of the computers. Everything we do is easily reversible, and any number of individual kits can be combined onto a single switch if desired. There is no single kit to flash all factory lights, as we must retain circuit individuality. The following three methods are used to interface with the factory wires.

  • Wire Cut: In certain lights, like the white cargo light by the third brake, the only way is to cut a single wire (at this time). We understand that some people are uncomfortable cutting wires and we are working hard to offer “cut-free” solutions as fast as we can. This is how some of the current website kits are sold. Sometimes, this is the only option to achieve the desired display.
  • Wire Swap NO CUT: This is by far our favorite solution and how most of the new generation kits will be made if possible. Wire Swap is how ALL the Headlight and Taillight kits are going to be made for the FORD and many GM trucks. We are working to update the current website options to this new “wire swap” kit and will continue noting any changes on the product online as they happen. It really is just as easy as swapping a wire. Again, the kits will have notes in the description stating which version they are. Click here to watch a video showing the Wire Swap method.
  • (NEW & COMING SOON) Plug N Play Extensions: Plug N Play extensions can be purchased for an extra cost. Please bear with us as these are all handmade and fairly difficult to source parts for. We have some availability and are waiting on some parts for others.

We hope this helps to answer any questions about our Auto Flasher Kits and hope you enjoy these products!


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