How To Keep Your Driveway Clear During Snow Season
While heavy snowfall can make us feel more festive, it can equally make life difficult. Having to battle through snow just to leave your home or dig your car out to leave for work isn’t exactly fun. To help you keep your driveway and home entrance clear during snow season, we’ve put together this list of tools and tricks which you can use to get a snow-free home entrance.
A Sprinkle of Salt and Sand
Salt and sand are essential for dealing with ice during snow season, although we admit you’ll need a lot more than ‘a sprinkle’. If you’re driveway, entrance or paths are covered in slippery ice, a generous layer of salt will help to melt the ice. Covering your walkways in sand will greatly reduce the risk of falling or slipping, though you may need to remove a layer of snow first.
If ice is particularly bad in your area and if it has been building up over weeks or months, then salt might not do the trick anymore. In this case, a considerable layer of sand makes a useful alternative. While it won’t melt the ice as salt does, it provides excellent grip which is exactly what you need. Use a layer of sand to cover your driveway, paths and the entrance to your home so you have safe access from your home to your car without worrying about slipping.
While shovelling requires lots of time and physical work, it’s perfect for those who enjoy a bit of physical exercise in the snow season and like to do things the traditional way. It’s also an easy way to keep costs low during the winter months (which can be difficult) as you don’t have to worry about replacing fuel for a snow blower or investing in one if you don’t have one already. But what type of shovel should you use?
- Standard Shovel: As the name suggests, a standard shovel is what most people use for removing snow and for general gardening. You probably have one already. This classic item is probably the most popular way of removing snow from driveways and paths because they’re so accessible. The most common materials which standard shovels are made from include plastic, metal or wood.
- Snow Push Shovel: A snow push shovel makes it easier to clear snow as it doesn’t require scooping up and moving snow as a traditional shovel would. Instead, the base of the shovel features a curved or angled plate which makes it easy to push snow away from the driveway or path.
- Telescopic Shovel: If you drive to and from work, it’s likely that you’ll have to leave your car in an exposed parking lot throughout the day. A telescopic shovel can be compacted to fit in the trunk of your car, making it perfect for digging your car out of the parking lot as well as for clearing your driveway.
- Ergonomic Shovel: Ergonomic shovels have a striking appearance thanks to their bent handles which makes it easier to shovel snow from one place to another. It does this by allowing you to maintain good posture and subsequently removing tension from your back. The ergonomic shovel is perfect for those who want to clear their driveway and paths clear from snow in the traditional way, without spending money on a snow blower and without damaging their back.
- Snow Pusher with Wheels: A snow pusher with wheels makes it easy to move snow from the driveway or home entrance. This useful tool requires less physical effort than traditional shovels or snow pushers thanks to the wheels on either side of the scooper. If you’re looking for a way to clear snow from the driveway in less time and with less effort then this might be the best option for you.
When snow builds up or falls heavily in a short space of time, you might find your entrance, driveway and paths are completely inaccessible. While you could use a traditional shovel or some of the other previous tools, a snow blower makes the job much quicker and easier. A electric snow blower will save you time and effort and is nowhere near as exhausting shovelling. This makes it particularly useful for people who don’t have much time to be spending hours clearing thick layers of snow. It also makes the snow blower a useful machine for people with reduced mobility as it’s less physical than shovelling.
Snow blowers come in electric and gas models which each have their pros and cons, but their shared benefit is that they save time and effort. Using a snow blower should make it easier to keep your driveway and entrance clear from snow. Before using the machine, check out our guide on how to safely use a snow blower.
Now you know the best ways to keep your driveway and home entrance clear during snow season and how to keep yourself safe doing it. No matter what winter weather is thrown your way, you should be confident that you can tackle it all.