Salt Melts Ice but Does Not Create Traction: What Can You Do?

There are three products that are good for use in the winter but not all used for the same purpose. Salt, sand and kitty litter are all used for different purposes in the winter. While sand and kitty litter are good for getting unstuck in heavy snow or on icy roads, they do not melt ice the way salt does.

Salt is used for melting ice from steps and driveways. The type of salt used is rock salt (or sodium chloride) and it has a larger texture than regular table salt. There are drawbacks to using salt however:

  1. It is more expensive and is frequently sold out in the stores of Spokane, WA.
  2. Road salt is corrosive and conducts rust on metal things, such as the undercarriage of your vehicle.
  3. This type of salt will not melt ice if it is colder than 12 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Salt also does not add traction. Use it in conjunction with sand or kitty litter for traction.

Salt is great for clearing walkways and steps, but for traction in the winter, sand or kitty litter is the better option. Pick up extra winter driving tips from the team at Lithia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT of Spokane today!

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