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Warning Lights if only plowing personal driveway

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by ramair2k, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. ramair2k

    ramair2k Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    I have a question about warning lights if I am only plowing my driveway and some friends/family. Would you get a mini light bar to use while plowing if your not commercially plowing? I would only be doing my driveway and some of friends and family.
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,390

    Maybe just a magnet mount strobe. That'll be good enough
  3. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,943

    your driveway no if you do all the plowing on your property, if you got to pull onto a road then yes, so for your friends and fam, you will likely be on road plowing there entrance, so yes get a light, you dont need a minibar, led or anything fancy, a $20 cig plug in light will do you fine.
  4. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    that's exactly what I have, as it's ILLEGAL here to drive around on the street with any type of flashing beacon on our vehicles, unless we have a special "STATE PERMIT" to do so. You can only get a permit if you're plowing for the state or township, and can provide the state the documentation allowing to obtain the permit. You also can get a permit if you are a trucking company or towing company that needs them, but on average, the regular citizen plowing can't legally use it here.

    This is why Mine goes on when I hit the driveway, but as soon as I'm back on the street, it goes off.
  5. ramair2k

    ramair2k Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    Well in order to plow the driveway, that would entail plowing the "mouth" of the driveway which is essentially the street. Also, I would be going in and out of the driveways, as in, street to driveway in order to plow completely. Pushing snow out of the mouth of my driveway and neighbors into piles in the street is not out of the question. Guess I should just get a little beacon like you guys said. I was going to get a Whelen mini century with magnet mount and cig plug in.
  6. fordtruck661

    fordtruck661 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 404

    If you are welling to spend the $$ on it then go for it. Yes it might be a little overkill but who cares.
  7. mercer_me

    mercer_me PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,371

    In Maine it's the law to have a flashing amber light on your truck when you are plowing. If you're not doing a lot of driveways a magnet mount cigarette lighter strobe will be fine for you.
  8. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 877

    I just plow my driveway and my neighbor's, but use a magnetic mount for when I'm plowing by the road. Wsnt to make sure people can see me an advance as much as possible, especially when it's snowing hard.
  9. Team_Arctic

    Team_Arctic Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    Check local law.. Wisconsin law requires amber beacon of some sort viewable from 500 feet i think it even goes in to specify how many flashes per second it has to have.
  10. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,978

    I have been hit by the wing of a state plow not seeing me in the blowing snow at the edge of a driveway.....I use strobe lights!
  11. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Massachusetts requires a light on the vehicle (not sure on the specifics of location) any time the plow is on the vehicle.
  12. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,230

    When I first started (20+ yrs ago) most everybody only used their 4 way flashers. Then as I started doing parking lots I got a cheap revolver with magnet, cord in the window to lighter.

    Only in recent years have guys gone crazy with all the lights trying to one up each other. If I am alone in the lot I still don't even turn mine on as it can be distracting. I only use mine now when absolutely necessary and never when driving from lot to lot.
  13. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,390

    I agree. If I'm all alone and no one is around then mine are off.
  14. mark268

    mark268 Member
    Messages: 81

    Everyone has their own opinion on this. I suggest you check your state laws and local ordinances. I use mine whenever the plow is pushing snow. Whether I'm alone in a driveway, or in a lot with other vehicles. You just never know when someone is going to drive in and not see you from the blowing snow. As for driveways, backing into the street with blowing snow covered roads, I want to alert other drivers as much as possible. Cheap insurance to help prevent a crash.
  15. ramair2k

    ramair2k Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    Didnt realize MA law "required" you to have a light if/when plow is mounted to your truck. Its actually pretty funny. Most of the city trucks where I live do not have or if they do, use, their lights. My city is 90% private contractors, with all types of plow trucks. They even hired a guy with a ford ranger and fisher homesteader. Yes you heard me correctly, he plows commercially with a homesteader. No lights on any of these trucks. Will play it smart and just get one as others have said for cheap insurance.
  16. jhall22guitar

    jhall22guitar PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    If I could find the page where I read it I would post a link, but yes they do require it actually. There are some very strange laws for snowplows here, and I think some actually say the plow has to be off a certain amount of hours after the storm. (dont quote me on it, just read that)
  17. seville009

    seville009 Senior Member
    from CNY
    Messages: 877

  18. perrysee

    perrysee Senior Member
    Messages: 121

    better to be safe and put flashing amber light on truck,4 wheelers and even snowblowers . i almost got hit last winter by people not paying attention where there going. in wisconsin you must have amber lights in 360' veiw.
    also i wear safety vest too now.
  19. JSutter101

    JSutter101 Member
    Messages: 86

    I'd get one no matter what. The cheap ones are about $15-25 and are sold just about everywhere. If you spend a little more you can get a really nice rotating beacon. I picked up a PSE 275 used locally for about $35. It is super bright and built far nicer than the cheap Wolo or Blazer.
  20. Maine_Train

    Maine_Train Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    MA motor vehicle stuff would be in Chapter 90, and I don't see anything in there saying vehicles engaged in snow/ice removal must be equipped with warning lights. On the other hand, it looks like they don't prohibit it, either, which is good. If you go onto a public way in the course of plowing a private drive, it would be good to have a light on.

    Almost; Chap. 90, Sec. 19K, says any vehicle with a gross weight of less than 26,000 lbs., except for state, county, or municipal vehicles, must have the plow and "hitching mechanism" off the vehicle between May 15 and Oct. 15, unless it snows before 10/15 or after 05/15. I'm pretty sure the part about "Vehicles shall be required to abide by this section within 72 hours of the conclusion of snowfall" just applies to vehicles that had the plow put back on because there was snow during the prohibited period.
    The "hitching mechanism" is defined as the lift cylinder and lift arm, but if it's something that was welded or bolted to the vehicle before the section became effective, I think the headgear/frame (whatever it was called in the older Fishers) could stay on.
    It does seem kinda strange, but with a couple of mentions of "protruding surfaces" in the section, I think the idea is to reduce the chances of mangling a pedestrian if the truck hit someone.