SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -- Many of you will probably dust off your snow blower for the first time this season Tuesday morning. But before you do, you may need a few reminders before clearing your driveway.
Make sure to watch out for rocks and other heavier objects in your path. If your machine gets clogged, make sure to turn it off before trying to clear the chute. Some manufacturers also include a shovel, just for unplugging the machine.
But mechanics say, there's one major item that should be on everyone's check list.
"Probably one of the most important things you can do is start with fresh fuel. We find that most of the units come in and have stale fuel and that has real problems with getting your engine started," says John Camerer at Bomgaars.
Camerer says gas becomes stale after about thirty days, so make sure to get some straight from the gas station, and not from a can that's been sitting around. Also, to get the best use out of your machine this winter, start up your snow blower at least once a week to keep it warm.