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Old 09-03-2014, 09:48 PM
 
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yes, you should shovel your driveway. When that snow turns to ice after being compacted, it will be a lot harder to remove and your car will get stuck.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I wouldn't know as I have lived south my whole life. But all you hear from southern weather lovers here is that how blessed we are to have "better" weather because we don't need to shovel snow like those up in north.

But do you really need to though shovel snow there? I would assume those who live in apartments are automatically free of that. But does it really matter is the rest does it or not? What purpose does it serve? Does anything of significance really happen if you don"t?
Not just the north. It snows in Southern California, Northern AZ/NM, the TX panhandle, and other southwestern locations.

Here in CO, many municipalities issue you a ticket if you don't clear the sidewalk in front of your house. Most apartments and condos take care of it (HOA, fees added on to rent/utilities/etc).

It's so people don't slip and fall. Slip and fall once, and you'll never question why its done again.

Roads are cleared so cars can get out, and so it's easier to drive.
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Old 09-03-2014, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I shovel our driveway and sidewalks pretty religiously, and I'm one of the few houses in the neighborhood whose concrete doesn't look like it's been bombed. If you let the snow melt and refreeze on the driveway the concrete will flake and look awful.
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Lebanon, OH
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yes, you should shovel your driveway. When that snow turns to ice after being compacted, it will be a lot harder to remove and your car will get stuck.
Exactly, getting rid of the snow right after it falls is a lot easier than scraping it up after it has been driven on. If I don't clear the 200 feet of my street from my driveway to the main road I have my own regulation hockey rink.
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Old 09-03-2014, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I don't really have to shovel snow, because I've always lived in apartment complexes and they plow the parking lots. However, I do have to shovel snow in the area surrounding my car, because a plow truck can't fit through there. It takes anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour, depending on the severity of the storm, but I enjoy doing it (seriously). It makes you feel busy and there's an element of fun to it. It happens maybe 5-10 times per winter. I don't mind it one bit. This is in Connecticut. Snowfall typically happens between November and March. A dusting in April is possible, but not likely.
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Old 09-04-2014, 02:38 AM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Yes they must shovel the snow there, for one thing most places up there have laws requiring you to do it. Also if it is not shoveled it compacts into ice. All the states that border Canada receive enough snow that shoveling is often necessary in the winter. Most people up there own snowblowers, as in many areas snowfalls can top a foot. There is a reason that northern people talk a lot about snow, it is a big part of life up there.
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Location: Ohio
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Here in CO, many municipalities issue you a ticket if you don't clear the sidewalk in front of your house.
I got one of those tickets when I lived in Wisconsin. My house was the second from the end on a dead-end street.

I don't miss shoveling snow and I really don't miss being compelled to do it!
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:49 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I wouldn't know as I have lived south my whole life. But all you hear from southern weather lovers here is that how blessed we are to have "better" weather because we don't need to shovel snow like those up in north.

But do you really need to though shovel snow there? I would assume those who live in apartments are automatically free of that. But does it really matter is the rest does it or not? What purpose does it serve? Does anything of significance really happen if you don"t?
You PAY someone to shovel snow for you - if you live in a house like I do. My yard person does it for me whenever snow accumulates. If you don't have the money, then you do it yourself. It's that simple.

Of course, snow needs to be shoveled because otherwise it is treacherous to walk on sidewalks and driveways. After a blizzard, it becomes nearly impassable. Same thing with roads.
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Old 09-04-2014, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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You only have to remove snow occasionally, first of all. If you live in a metro, you may not deal with it at all. If you have a house, you can pay someone or you can shovel light/dustings (very quick and easy) or snowblow during heavy snows. In the country, lots of people put a plow on their trucks and plow out their driveways.

I live in Milwaukee, and I shovel a small walk. However, there's heavy foot traffic and if I'm at work and it snowed all day, the snow turns to hard-packed or ice or slush in the interim. At that point, salt comes into play. In fact, salt comes into play for stairs or anywhere it's melted and re-frozen into ice. Surprised no one has mentioned salt.

One thing Southerners often don't understand is a LOT of dudes LOVE snow removal. Most of the time if it snowed during the day, a neighbor will do the path all the way down the block with a shovel or snowblower. I'm not really into it, but will do it sometimes when I have time as pay-back. Shovelling isn't too bad unless you're digging out a car/driveway that the plow decided to bury. I get a good amount of additional snow being a few blocks off the Lake. Sometimes it's sunny and dry at work just West of town and I'll come home to 6" of fresh snow.
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Old 09-04-2014, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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One thing Southerners often don't understand is a LOT of dudes LOVE snow removal. Most of the time if it snowed during the day, a neighbor will do the path all the way down the block with a shovel or snowblower. I'm not really into it, but will do it sometimes when I have time as pay-back. Shovelling isn't too bad unless you're digging out a car/driveway that the plow decided to bury. I get a good amount of additional snow being a few blocks off the Lake. Sometimes it's sunny and dry at work just West of town and I'll come home to 6" of fresh snow.
That would be my next-door neighbor. He's got the heavy-duty monster snowblower and if he doesn't do the driveway for you he encourages others to borrow it as long as you fill it up with gas. I've used it a couple times but I honestly don't mind shoveling. It's a little exercise and it gets me outta the house when it's butt cold outside.
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