Are you thinking of starting a snow removal business? Maybe you want to clear your driveway during the winter? If so, investing in a snowplow is a good investment.
But before you go buying one — read on through to get essential information for first-time snow plow owners and drivers.
THINGS YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE BUYING A SNOW PLOW
The very first thing you need to do: Consult your local Department of Transportation for applicable regulations. Check your owner’s manual before installing any plows on your trucks, too.
Once you’re ready, get to know the plow dealer. Talk to them to get advice on the best plow for your particular needs and budget. He or she may also share resources to you, regarding safety, spare parts, maintenance, and repair for your plow.
- Research. Read the instruction manual. Make sure you know all settings and controls before hitting the road for the first time.
- Be safe. When going through roads, turn the plow controls off to prevent accidental movements or drops. Always keep your seatbelt on. Don’t forget to turn your warning lights or flashers on when actively plowing.
- Know your weight. With an installed plow, braking earlier is necessary. Its added weight increases your stopping distance and adds stress on your transmission.
- Make sure you see well. Especially during winter, conditions may be unpredictable. Clear your vehicle’s mirrors and windows of ice and snow before starting. Never plow with your head outside the side window!
- Keep it chill. When plowing, make sure your speed is ten mph or under. Never exceed the road speed limit — even if you’re rushing to get to somewhere.
- Learn about the best practices for snow plowing from the experts. Click here for a full checklist.
DOES MY AUTO INSURANCE COVER MY PLOW?
The answer to this question depends on the insurance policy you have, and how and where your plow is used. For all questions, it’s best to ask a certified agent to give you all the information you need.
- If the plow is for personal use (clearing your driveway), the coverage is often automatically extended for the snow plow as long as the coverages are purchased for your vehicle.
- If you use the snow plow for commercial purposes (full-time or part-time), a commercial auto policy is required. Running a business, even if it’s just a side gig, has its risks which aren’t covered by a personal auto insurance policy.
HOW DO YOU GET BUSINESS AS A SNOW REMOVAL CONTRACTOR?
Rates vary for this kind of service. You should research about competitors in your area. How much are they charging? It’s not uncommon for clients to get quotes from different contractors. Stand out by having positive references available to your potential clientele.
Visit the property in person ahead of the job. This way you know what to expect. What’s the job scope? Is it a parking lot or a home driveway? Are there tough turns and obstacles along the way? Once you’re ready, make sure the contract is in writing.
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