Snow and sleet are not just inconveniences. To the many U.S. residents who live far north, harsh winter weather can be costly. It accounted for 15% of insured automotive, home, and even business damages in 2014. So what can the infamous Homer Simpson teach you about snow plows, also known as a sno pusher?
First of all, as you may have guessed, not just anyone can attach an sno pusher to a big truck and call themselves Mr. Plow. There are certifications and special training, of course, because there is an element of danger when large amounts of snow and ice are involved.
The classic V-shaped angled snow pusher most people think of when they think of a snow plow or sno pusher, specializes in clearing snow off of sidewalks. A bobcat snow pusher is actually ideal for small jobs such as clearing sidewalks and walkways, to clear a path where people walk but there is no road.
The heavy duty snow plows are good for bigger jobs, because one removes hard pack snow. Large roadways that see a lot of early morning traffic are prime spots for a sno pusher. Although school children rejoice at the thought of a snow day, adults groan at the thought of all the work they would have to catch up on. Business cannot stop for the weather, after all.
A snow plow driver, or sno pusher, is one of those times when you see the result of the work, but likely never see the worker. The careful plowing of our streets and walkways is a necessity for schools and businesses to continue running despite the weather. Although it is a profession that has been the subject of humor now and again, it is an important job that requires diligence.