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    Default Proper snow plowing etiquette.........

    Mini rant....so be fore-warned

    I dont know if it bothers anyone else, but there are a few things that really bug the crap out of me this time of year.

    First, plowing snow across the road. Number one, it is illegal in MOST areas. Rarely do I push across the road. Rather push to the end of the driveway, get out onto the road and turn around, and push back up as I widen the approach. It seems too many homeowners (or hack-job "pros") like to push on across the street. Which I wouldnt have a issue with if they would at least clean up the spoils. I hate those 4 or 5 "speed-bumps" left behind. Not only does it look very unprofessional, but is a liability too. Whoever plowed, even if it was the homeowner, can be sued if an accident happens as a result. And even worse yet, those who push piles out onto the road to let the plow-rucks clear it. IDIOTS. I just saw one today. The road was perfectally clear and dry, and then there is a big 4" deep pile kinda spread out where a homeowner cleared his drive. Whenever I see this, I usually drop my blade and throw it all right back in their drive

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    Proper transporting of the plow from one job to the next. ANGLE ALL THE WAY RIGHT. I hate having to pass an idiot when he has a 8'+ plow with wings and thinks its "cool" to run down the road with the blade straight....sticking out a good foot on each side of the vehicle. When you angle the plow, it occupies LESS space in the lane. I dont like the game of chicken. And I really dont want to find out the hard way who's plow is tougher.


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    Default Re: Proper snow plowing etiquette.........

    I completely agree with you.....I don't like to even pull onto the street and leave any trace of my tractor or blade....but my idea goes further, in that I hate when people mow grass out onto the road as if it was a dump area....I don't like when my neighbor blows his grass from his property over onto my gravel driveway.....just common courtesy.....

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    Default Re: Proper snow plowing etiquette.........

    I have a grassy area where the snow goes instead of in the road or across the road. Of course I use a tractor and driving on the grass is not a problem. Some homeowners don't seem to want anything on their grass except a mower. One of our neighbors has about a quarter mile driveway. It is plowed to the end of the drive and piled next to the road. Of course this year with our average snowfall, I don't know how he or his family can see down the road when they pull out. Been a couple close calls. Would be nice if those that plow across the road would spend 2 more minutes cleaning up their mess.

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    Default Re: Proper snow plowing etiquette.........

    Quote Originally Posted by Fossil Farm View Post
    Would be nice if those that plow across the road would spend 2 more minutes cleaning up their mess.
    Exactally.

    Even though it is against the law in most places I dont have a problem with it as long as you dont leave a mess on the road that everyone has to drive over, or worse, could cause an accident. I think the law is worded in my area such that the snow must remain on YOUR property. And you may very well own the property across the road, just make sure ALL of the snow ends up there.

    I plow commercially. Mostly large lots and very few drives. But it is the little things like that, that I notice.
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    Default Re: Proper snow plowing etiquette.........

    Here is a true story....a neighbor of mine owned the first lot of a 12 lot cul de sac - so essentially he owned the first house and there were 11 empty lots beyond his house going into the turn around cul de sac. Over all, the street was about a half mile long. In my town, the developer is responsible for clearing the road until all 12 houses are built and the road is accepted by the town. My friend had about a 500 foot driveway and after the first snow of the year and a fairly decent snow, cleared his driveway with a snow blower and called it a day. Later on, he noticed that the end of his driveway was plowed in when the developed cleared the road. No problem - Friend shoveled it clear. Well, that winter, was a doozie in New England. It snowed again the following week and the same thing happens, except he sees the developer plow the end of the driveway in. And as a reminder, my friend just bought his house from the developer / snow plow driver. He waves the developer over and asks him politely if he could turn the plow blade so as not to plow him back in. Developer says no problem. Except it happens again for a third time and a fourth time. On the 4th time, words are said and there is an understanding again. 5th snow fall, the developer plows him in again. On the 6th snow fall, my friend clears his driveway, calls a friend with a plow truck and builds a berm across the street slighty passed the access to his driveway but blocking any access to the rest of the street – which are just empty lots – no houses. He builds the berm as high and as deep as he can. Guess what? The developer never shows to plow. But the day temps got pretty warm and the berm melted a fair amount and then froze rock solid like a glacier. The town notified the developer to remove it immediately, he had to cart in a back hoe to break it up and clear the street. From there on, he turned his plow blade when going by his driveway.
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    Default Re: Proper snow plowing etiquette.........

    Quote Originally Posted by MD83Z View Post
    but my idea goes further, in that I hate when people mow grass out onto the road as if it was a dump area.....
    I hate this and complain about it all summer. Especially when I run through this junk on the motorcycle. Some people aren't even bright enough to stop mowing in that direction when they see you coming down the road. You have to swerve out and around or get blasted with grass if there's oncoming traffic.
    Nothing more that I like to see than that grass in the road with the offending person still riding their mower near the road when I'm in my truck. I accelerate and blow the junk right back onto them.
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    Default Re: Proper snow plowing etiquette.........

    How about the guys who fail to push the snowbanks back from the end of the driveway or parking lot. This makes it almost impossible to see oncoming cars when you are trying to pull out into traffic.
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    Default Re: Proper snow plowing etiquette.........

    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty Dive View Post
    Here is a true story..

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    From there on, he turned his plow blade when going by his driveway.
    IMO, your friend was just being picky.

    Having the end of a drive plowed in by the street is just the nature of the beast if you manage to do your drive before the street is clear.

    Now I dont know if things are different in developments, but along any street where the city, state, township, etc are responsible for plowing, they certainly arent going to angle the blade to avoid a drive. If they did, they would be pushing snow onto the other side of the road. And if there is a drive there??? They would end up with a big mound of snow in the middle of the road And most state/city trucks dont have angling plows anyway. At least not hydraulically.
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    Default Re: Proper snow plowing etiquette.........

    You just can not fix stupid.
    Do unto others as you would have them do to you, works every-time.

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    Default Re: Proper snow plowing etiquette.........

    Man, I thought I was the only one who got upset about this. To get to my house, I have to drive about 8 miles of dirt road everyday. This happens EVERY time it snows. Almost every other house just plows it across the road and doesn't clean up anything. I was so mad one day, I almost lost control on purpose just so I could sue these inconsiderate b'tards! I can't tell if they are too stupid to realize what a hazard it is or if they just don't care. Stupid I understand, inconsiderate and lazy just ticks me off! Great! Now, I am mad again....
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