Northern Colorado has very unpredictable weather. In the winter, we may go several months without any sign of bad weather, then the next minute, we’ll be digging ourselves out of three feet of snow. If you’ve lived here your whole life, chances are, you’ve accepted this fact. However, it never hurts to learn more about how you can protect yourself and your home when a famous Colorado blizzard hits. In this blog, we’ll give you some safety tips as well as general maintenance tips for when one of these illusive monstrosities decides to show its face.

Clear Your Driveway

Your first course of action when a blizzard hits should be to clear your driveway of snow. Although this may seem like common knowledge, many people will avoid it until it’s too late. There are a lot of reasons why you should never wait to plough your driveway and clear it of snow. First of all, it’s much more difficult to navigate a driveway that is covered in snow. If you try to leave for work, you may get stuck and spend twice as much time trying to get yourself out.

Second of all, the more snow that accumulates on your driveway, the more likely ice will form beneath it. Once ice starts to form, you won’t have much of an opportunity to remove it, you’ll just have to wait for it to melt. If your driveway doesn’t get much sunlight, you’ll most likely be waiting weeks or even months for all the ice to melt.

Finally, when snow is left on your driveway, it will lead to a freezing and thawing process that will create cracks in your driveway. With normal use, the cracks will get bigger and you’ll need to pay a hefty sum to get it repaired. Clearing your driveway will prevent it from freezing, minimizing the amount of damage done to it.

When it comes to clearing your driveway quickly and with ease, you’ll need a reliable snow blower to help you out. At Mac Equipment Inc., we offer an ever-changing inventory of used equipment. Visit either our Longmont or Loveland location to view our selection or get yours repaired! Call us today for more information.

Check Your Trees

If you have trees anywhere your driveway, like many of us do, you’ll want to keep a close eye on them as you clean your driveway. If they have a lot of snow built up on them, make sure to gently brush it off as much as possible before clearing your driveway. This way you can deal with the extra snow and the tree will be less likely to break and damage your vehicle or property.

Limit Or Avoid Road Salt

Although road salt can be a great tool for eliminating ice on walkways, it should be used sparingly in order to prevent damage to your driveway. Make sure you try everything you can to remove ice or prevent it from forming before you resort to using road salt.

Repair Your Snowblower

The last thing you want to happen when a blizzard hits is for your snowblower to break down or not function the way it should. Although most snow blowers are reliable, there’s always a chance that they may be damaged or wear out. If that happens, take it to a dependable equipment specialist at Mac Equipment Inc., we’ll take a look and perform any necessary repairs, allowing your snowblower to run at peak performance all winter long. Contact Mac Equipment Inc. today to ask about repairs or any used snowblowers we have in stock.