Why is snow always left at the end of my driveway?

Despite popular opinion, crews do not place snow in driveways on purpose. There is no practical way for the snowplow driver to cut off the windrow of snow when crossing a driveway. This problem is especially acute in cul-de-sacs because this is a very confined space. Cul-de-sacs require that all of the snow that is on the roadway within that confined space be placed along the outside of the circle. The problem is compounded by the fact that each homeowner then must clear their driveway, which places large piles on the corners of the driveways.

One thing you can do to reduce the amount of snow that is plowed in front of your driveway is to place as much of the snow as possible to the left side of your driveway (as you face the house). This reduces the chance of snow previously removed being pushed back onto your driveway. This suggestion however may  not work in cul-de-sacs that have driveway openings placed close together.

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1. When Is Parking Prohibited?
2. Do I have to shovel the snow off my sidewalk in front of my house?
3. Why is snow piled on my corner?
4. Why is snow always left at the end of my driveway?