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What Is the Best Way to Remove Snow From Driveways?

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Picture of a push snow shovel. Push shovels are designed to move snow without lifting it.

Picture of a push snow shovel.

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Question: What Is the Best Way to Remove Snow From Driveways?

What is the best way to remove snow from a driveway? There's certainly still a place for good old-fashioned snow shovels, even in today's hi-tech world. By following a few easy shovelling tips, you should be able to remove snow from driveways safely, comfortably and efficiently:

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Safety. Comfort. Efficiency. Those are the watchwords to keep in mind when you have to remove snow from a driveway. Below I deal with each, briefly; for a more detailed treatment, consult my full article on snow shovelling.

To remove snow safely, begin by stretching your muscles inside, first. Once you begin to remove snow, use your legs and maintain a good posture to keep from putting undue strain on your back.

For comfort, apply multiple layers of clothing when dressing, and keep your extremities protected from the cold. Once you begin to remove snow, though, you'll probably find yourself working up a good sweat, so be prepared to peel off one layer.

Efficiency takes a number of forms when shovelling snow. The first trick is implemented while you're still in the house: Wax the blade of your shovel so that, when you remove snow from the driveway and attempt to fling it into a pile (on the lawn, for example), the snow won't stick to the blade.

Here are a couple more efficiency tricks to implement, once you go out into the driveway and begin to remove snow:

 

  1. Don't remove snow (in a thorough manner, at least) where the driveway intersects the street until last, since plows may well push more snow into your driveway while you're in the process of shovelling. I hate thinking that I'm all done and don't need to remove snow again until the next storm, only to see the plow come by 5 minutes later and dump a wall of snow in front of my driveway!
  2. When you remove snow from the driveway and toss it somewhere, make sure you're not tossing it some place where it will be in the way. For example, don't block access to your outdoor storage shed with snow piles.

 

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