When it comes to snow removal, most of us just want to get it done. We’re not strategizing the best way to go about it – but maybe we should be. Having a sound shoveling strategy will mean you’re not wasting time and energy moving the same snow twice or moving it farther than you need to.

Take It Step by Step

  1. Start at the front of your driveway. At the midpoint between the two edges, shovel a single strip of snow from the front of the driveway to the end.
  2. Choose one side of the driveway to work on first. Push snow from the line you cleared to the edge of the driveway. Repeat all the way up the driveway until you’re back at the front.
  3. Now shovel the other side, again pushing the snow out from the line you cleared toward the edge of the driveway.
  4. Once you’ve cleared both sides of the driveway, use your favorite ice melt solution to prevent an icy buildup that could leave your driveway slippery.

How You Shovel Matters

Too often, in the rush to finish the job, we grab a shovel and start pushing snow without thinking through the process. In fact, while this method of snow shoveling works well for most situations, the “best” way to shovel snow remains a matter of contentious debate. The ideal solution depends on a variety of factors, CBS News reported, including the type of shovel used, the amount and weight of the snow, the strength of the shovel operator, whether the operator pushes or tosses the snow, the dimensions of the driveway, and how much the snow sticks to the driveway. No matter their preferred solution, snow removal strategists agree on the most important points.

  • Don’t shovel the same snow twice. Decide before you begin shoveling where to pile the snow you move, and make sure it’s out of the way so you won’t find yourself shoveling the same snow again.
  • Work smarter, not harder. The farther you move the snow, the more energy you’re using, and the more time the process takes. That’s why shoveling a relatively small amount, from the center stripe to the outer edge of the driveway, wastes the smallest amount of energy in most cases.