Here’s How To Properly Shovel Your Driveway

Shoveling the snow from the driveway is not a fun task, but it needs to be done.  If you leave even a light snow on the driveway it can melt and then refreeze causing your driveway to be covered with a thin sheet of ice.

You need to have a plan and be careful when you are shoveling snow.  If you are not in the best of health be sure to check with your health care professional to ascertain if it is safe for you to shovel the snow.  You may need to hire someone else to handle the snow shoveling job for  you.

When you are getting ready for the winter snows you will need to purchase a snow shovel if you don’t already own one.  Remember snow can be very heavy.  You may think the biggest shovel scoop can clear the most snow at one time.  For most people this weight from a very large scoop will be too heavy to handle.  The average person will do better with a moderate size shovel scoop of 18 to 22 inches.

When you are ready to start shoveling it’s a good idea to wax the shovel so the snow will not stick.  You can use wax, but cooking spay like Pam works fine.

Warm up by doing some stretching and mild exercises to limber up your muscles before you start shoveling.

Before you go outdoors dress in layers.  Wear water repellant clothing.  You need a decent pair of boats that are slip resistant and water resistant.  Don’t forget to wear gloves and a hat.

When the snow is not too deep you can use a push type snow shovel and simply push the snow off to the side.

When shoveling snow bend your knees, keep your back straight, and lift with your legs and not your lower back.

If the snow is deep do not attempt to left all of it at one time.  Instead take about 6 inches off the top and then another 6 inches and so forth until you reach the ground.

Shovel a path to the drivers door of the car first.  Don’t bother shoveling all the snow around the car until after the car has been cleaned off.  You’ll just put snow back on the driveway when you clean the car.  If you turn on the heater and defroster after cleaning a path to the driver’s door it will be easier to clean off the windows and the car.  Be sure the tailpipe is not blocked by snow before turning on the car.

Don’t toss big piles of snow in an area you will need to access.  You don’t want to have to shovel the snow move than once.  Put your snow piles far enough away from the driveway so the snow won’t blow back on it.

Try walking and dumping the snow rather than tossing heavy snow from the shovel.

The snowplow will probably come along and put a pile of snow at the end of your driveway so let that area wait until the last place you clear.  If you are lucky the snowplow will be through before you get to the end of the driveway.

If you area anticipating a deep snowfall don’t wait for all of it to come down.  Get rid of some of the snow a little at a time so it won’t be so heavy to move after the storm ends.

Take breaks.  Don’t attempt to accomplish a clean driveway all at one time.

If you have shrubs nearby where the branches are bending from heavy snow and likely to break, then gently brush the snow from the branches.

Depending on the size of your driveway and the amount of snow you receive each year you might what to consider a snow blower.  Snow blowers are expensive, noisy and take up storage space, but they can make getting rid of snow easier than shoveling.  Even with a snow blower you will need to do some shoveling to finish the job.