Do pickup truck owners need snow plow insurance when clearing neighbors’ driveways?
Whether a pickup owner needs a snow plow policy for clearing neighbors’ driveways normally hinges on if they’re paid for the service.
Truck owners usually don’t need insurance coverage if they clear neighbors, friends or family members’ driveways as an unpaid favor. In most cases, unpaid driving like this can be covered by a standard trick insurance policy that includes coverage for a plow.
Truck owners often do need snow plow insurance if they’re paid for clearing driveways, and whose driveways or how many driveways they clear normally doesn’t impact whether snow plow insurance is needed. Truck owners thus should consider the cost of insurance before charing neighbors for clearing their driveways.
An insurance agent who specializes in this type of insurance can help pickup owners determine whether they can use a basic truck policy or need a more robust snow plowing policy.
What coverages are available through snow plowing policies?
Snow plowing policies normally provide a combination of coverages that work together so businesses have robust protection. Some of the coverages that policies might purchase include:
- Commercial Auto Coverage, which may protect against damage to and accidents involving trucks or other vehicles
- Commercial Property Coverage, which may project buildings, salters, snowblowers and other equipment
- Inland Marine Coverage, which may protect salters, snowblowers and other equipment when it’s being transported
- General Liability Coverage, which may protect against accidents involving third-party injuries or property damage
- Commercial Umbrella Coverage, which may provide additional liability protection for expensive lawsuits
- Business Interruption Coverage, which may cover lost revenue if a natural disaster prevents working for a season
Can landscapers cover landscaping and plowing through a single insurance policy?
Insurance companies recognize that many Massachusetts businesses landscape during the warmer seasons and plow during winter. Policies that cover both landscaping and plowing are readily available, and a knowledgeable insurance agent can help landscapers who need coverage for both activities evaluate these policy options.