Learn more about snow plows!
ince we are a snow removal company located in Edmonton Alberta, we work with many different types of snow removal equipment
. In this article we will be discussing snow plows, their function, and different types of plows available. If you need commercial snow removal
, we invite you to call us, Park Landscaping, today!
Snow plows work by using a blade to push the snow out of the way in high traffic areas such as roads and parking lots. The blades on snow plows either push the snow straight ahead or to the side, depending on their design and angle.
History of Snow Plows
Technology has allowed snow plows to progress in their structure and functionality. The first ever snow plows were horse drawn blocks of wood which, when dragged through the snow, would clear it from it’s path. The first motorized snow plow was built in 1913 by Good Roads Machinery in Pennsylvania. Good Roads Machinery (now called Good Roads Godwin) is still in business and manufacturing snow plows in North Carolina.
Two brothers from Norway built a snow plow attachment for cars in 1923. This was the beginning of a snow plow tradition of clearing roads, airports, and railroads. The brothers’ names were Hans and Even Overaasen. Their invention led to more technologically savvy inventions when it comes to snow plowing large roads and parking lots.
Types of Snow Plows
The commercial snow plows we use have different blades. Blades that run perpendicular with the vehicle pointing straight ahead are good for pushing snow straight forward. Other blades are angled. This allows them to direct the snow to one side or the other of the road.
Many residential neighborhoods have people with trucks and snow plow attachments that they use to clear driveways and roads. These are useful tools, but do not do the job near as well as our commercial snow plows. Our expert snow removal team knows just what to do when it comes to removing snow in any location. They work with our clients to work out the best snow removal plan for their property. If you need commercial snow removal in Edmonton, pick up the phone and call Park Landscaping today!
Driving in snow poses many different “what-if” scenarios. In this article, we will discuss these situations and what you should do if something happens when you’re driving in the snow. Park Landscaping is a snow removal company. We understand what it’s like to have to drive in the snow and we know how dangerous it can be, so we are educating our readers so they can be safer and better equipped winter drivers.
Winter Driving Scenarios
Here are a couple “What-if” scenarios that you may experience.
What if my car starts to slip while I’m accelerating from a standstill?
If this happens to you, you must remember that your wheels need traction to gain control of the car. If you have an automatic car, put the selector to level 2, that will make it easier to start from a slippery surface.
What if I begin to skid on the road?
Skidding is caused by a loss of grip of the rear wheels of the car. The rear wheels usually begin to curve and slide forward, turning the car and nearly passing the front wheels. If you begin to skid, let up on the gas and gently turn your wheels in the direction you want to go. Do not apply pressure to the accelerator until you are again headed in the direction you want to go.
What if the car is hydroplaning?
Ease up on the throttle, but do not let it go completely. If easing up doesn’t help, de-clutch a manual transmission or re-apply the throttle lightly in an automatic car. This should help your car gain traction again on the road.
What if I approach an incline or decline?
Hills in the winter can be tricky to drive on. If you’re approaching an incline, never slow down before starting uphill. You should speed up right before you reach the hill to build up your momentum. If you’re approaching a decline, drive safely by slowing down before you begin the descent. Try to coast your way as far as you can without losing control. Apply the brakes as needed, but just remember they will not work as well in icy conditions.
We hope that this article has helped you understand how to handle icy conditions in the winter months. Remember that Park Landscaping is a commercial snow removal company, but we care about informing our clients and readers about the winter weather in Edmonton. We occasionally provide driver safety tips as well!