Removing snow from your driveway or patio can be daunting. Plus, if it is snowing a great deal, it can become frustrating to have to clear the snow on a daily basis or even twice a day. Here are five tips to make shoveling snow much easier:
- Prepare: Before you go out to shovel snow, you want to be sure that you are prepared for the job in the right way. Be sure that you are stretching, which is going to help prevent injury. You also want to ensure that you are dressed warmly. Most people think that they are going to get warm shoveling, so they won't dress in layers. However, this can cause illness, so be sure that you are wearing those layers. Another way to prepare in the right way is being sure to wax the shovel, which helps to make it slippery to prevent snow from sticking to it.
- Be Safe: When you start shoveling snow, you want to be sure that you are doing it safely by bending your knees and lifting with your legs versus with your back. Also, even if you don't feel comfortable, you should switch from your right or left hand to the other and begin shoveling with that one. By switching off, you can be sure that you are using different muscles and not putting too much strain on the others.
- Snow Shoveling to Your Car: If you need to shovel the snow around your car, the best way to do this is to first clear a path from your front door to your car door. Then you can turn on the heat in the car full blast, which is going to help clear some of the snow off the car. While you heat up the car, shovel the snow away from the car so that you can easily get your car out of the driveway.
- Shovel to a Distance: What many people do when they shovel snow is they pile it up right along the edge of the walkway, driveway, or patio. This is not effective, however, since this piled up snow will simply just fall back on the area you don't want it to be in. This means you are going to have to just shovel the same snow twice.
By following these tips when shoveling snow, you can make it much easier on yourself and it won't feel like such a daunting task any longer. You may also want to consider hiring a snow removal company if the area you need to clear is large or you have physical limitations that make shoveling difficult or unsafe for you.