How to keep your driveway clear from snow
Winter is coming soon, so those of you out there who love skiing and snowboarding are no doubt waiting with baited breath. Also coming soon are icy, snow-packed roads, driveways, and sidewalks, and it’s hard to imagine anyone finds that exciting. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the strain and inconvenience we all experience trying to keep the driveway clear from snow.
Choose the right shovel
It’s important to have the right equipment, no matter the task. To get the best results when shoveling snow, choose a shovel with an s-shaped handle. These are much easier on your back than the traditional straight pole. A plastic shovel is the best choice for clearing wooden decks, as there is less chance of damage.
Before you start, spray the shovel on both sides with non-stick cooking oil. This bit of lubrication helps the snow slide off more easily. Re-apply the spray before each use.
Break up thick ice
If rain has frozen and left the driveway with a thick coating of ice, you are better off trying to break it up before shoveling. A wrecking or pry bar can be effective for this task.
Prevent your driveway becoming blocked
It is exasperating to spend an hour clearing your driveway, only for a plough to come along and push the snow right in front of it again. You can prevent this by shoveling the shoulder to the left of the driveway entrance for a distance of 10 to 12 feet. Thus, when the plough comes along, there will be no snow for it to push in front of your driveway.
Snow blower tips
Try to find the optimum speed when using your snow blower. If you push it too fast, snow will spill out the sides; push too slow and you won’t get sufficient distance with the arc.
For best results, start in the middle and throw the snow towards one edge of your driveway. Do a U-turn to the other side, clear the strip, and keep alternating. This ensures maximum efficiency because any snow that does blow completely to the edge will be picked up by later passes.
If the house is next to the driveway, start on that side as it ensures snow will not blow on to your home.
Ice prevention products
No one likes shoveling and or dealing with the corrosive effects of salt. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something you could just put on your concrete sidewalk, steps, and driveway to prevent ice from building up to begin with? What about one also able to handle the ice and snow already there?
Well, there is! Alaskan Ice Melters are made by Canadians, for Canadians. No matter what winter throws at you, our complete line of ice melters is the perfect ally to deal with the challenges of winter weather.
You can apply Alaskan Liquid Ice Melter onto outdoor surfaces up to 48 hours before a snowfall, and even directly onto ice and snow if you’re in a hurry.
If you prefer using a granular ice melter, our Premium Ice Melter is just what you need. Its patented TrueBlue™ technology:
- Melts 2X more ice*
- Melts ice 2X faster*
- Penetrates ice 2X deeper*
- Works at temperatures as low as -35 °C*
If you own a cat or a dog, Alaskan also offers a Pet Friendly Ice Melter that is effective down to -26 °C.