A SNOWPLOW DRIVER'S CHECKLIST
WRITTEN BY: LEAH JOHNSON
A white Christmas may look nice, but it can make holiday travel stressful, hectic, and downright dangerous. If you put a plow on your truck to make this time of year easier for your friends and family, or if you own a fleet of trucks and clear out parking lots, proper prep and maintenance is key to a successful season. There are a few boxes to check to get both your truck and plow ready for the hard work of shoving snow out of the way, but for the well-being of yourself and your equipment it’s best to get it done.
For your truck:
Even if you keep up with your regularly scheduled maintenance, it’s a good idea to give your truck a once over before plowing season. Keep in mind that failure to make sure your truck is in good working condition could get you stranded on the side of the road and paying for a tow truck.
- Check the fluids — from brake fluid to windshield washer fluid and everything in between. Make sure you’re topped off and ready to go.
- Check your brakes — change your brake pads if needed and make sure everything else is in working order.
- Tires and alignment — check your tire pressure and have your truck aligned.
- Windshield Wipers — make sure they’re in good enough shape to give you a clear view.
- Heater — keep yourself nice and toasty despite the freezing temps outside. Don’t forget to check your defrosting system while you’re at it.
- Lights — brake lights, head lights, turn signals. Make sure you can see others and others can see you.
- Battery — check your battery and charging system.
For your snowplow:
Even if you followed all of the proper steps after last season, it’s a good idea to go over everything again before you start plowing.
- Check the bolts — tighten any bolts or nuts that seem to be loose.
- Check the hydraulic system — make sure your fluid is at a good level and check for leaks.
- Grease — lubricate any joints and pivot pins.
- Check parts that may need replaced — if your cutting edge is 3.5 inches or lower then you’ll need to replace it. Also make sure your plow shoes are in good shape.
- Adjust your spring tension
- Check your plow lights
- Mark drives — use driveway markers to line areas where it might be tricky to tell where you need to plow.
- Blade Markers — they’ll help you know where your blade ends to avoid colliding with curbs, poles, etc.
- Emergency kits — be prepared if you’re going out in harsh weather. Jumper cables, flashlights, shovels, and spare parts for your plow can help you in a pinch.
- Motivation — check your coffee maker to be sure it’s in good working condition and you’ve got plenty of coffee on hand.
Follow these steps and your truck and plow should run smoothly through the winter but be sure to go through your owner’s manual and make yourself familiar with your plow and how it operates. Here at The ROP Shop we carry a lot of replacement parts that can help you maintain your unit and keep it working well. Feel free to contact us if you need help finding a part. Or if you own a business and need to order multiples, we’ll be happy to look into special pricing for you!
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