Once the blade drops and plowing begins, the safety and awareness of your surroundings are critical. But even when you are not plowing, you still have a heavy piece of equipment mounted on the front of your truck that changes how your vehicle performs.
Here are tips for safe plow truck operations:
- Check the tire pressure each time you go out, and add air as needed.
- Check the engine oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, battery, radiator coolant and windshield washer fluid.
- Always wear a seat belt.
- Make sure the blade is positioned correctly. With a straight blade, angle it to the right. With a wing plow, ensure it is in a retracted position. V plows should be in the V position. Always make blade adjustments before you start driving.
- Position the blade low enough that it doesn’t impede auxiliary lights or prevent cool air from flowing past the radiator, which could cause the truck to overheat, but high enough that it can’t hit obstacles.
- Turn off the controls while transporting the plow on roads.
- Make sure your truck (including plow, occupants, ballast and cargo) complies with gross vehicle and axle weight ratings.
- Increase braking time to account for added weight of the snow removal equipment.
- Recommended driving speed is 45 mph or less.
Originally written by SIMA and FISHER Engineering.