Scared of Slipping on Ice? Sand & Salt Just Might Save Your Life!

January 5th, 2018 by

Blue-green rock salt melts snow on a driveway.

When the weather gets cold, and the rain and snow start to collect on the ground, slipping on ice can be a serious danger. Even if you’re just going to and from your vehicle, slip and fall accidents are possible, and potentially very dangerous! Drivers in Kentucky will have multiple options when it comes to preventing slips, but which path is the right one? In fact, those who use sodium chloride rock salt and sand together can make sure that they never slip and fall on ice this winter.

Stop Slip and Fall Accidents with Sand and Salt

Rock salt, or sodium chloride, works extremely efficiently to eat away the ice and snow. However, there’s a caveat that all drivers should be aware of: The salt will leave behind a nice puddle that you’ll have to deal with later on. If this puddle doesn’t drain out right away, it will simply refreeze, and you might still end up slipping on ice.

Sand won’t melt, it just collects on the floor or the ground, and creates a gritty surface that improves traction. Although it isn’t as good at melting snow and ice, it sticks around, so you can be safer from slips all year. With that said, sand that isn’t removed can collect or even block up the closest drain, so it’s important to keep an eye out and make sure that it isn’t trapping water nearby.

In most cases, the best solution is an even mix of sodium chloride rock salt and sand! You’ll get the effective melting capabilities provided by rock salt, but the sand will protect you in the event that a puddle forms or freezes over. Additionally, using less sand on the ground will help to prevent the risk of drain buildup.

Why Should You Worry About Slipping on Ice?

Slipping on ice might sound like a relatively small danger, but the truth is that these events can be a whole lot more dangerous than you might expect. Every year, the number of people that slip and fall on the ice might surprise you. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that each year about one million Americans slip and fall every year, and of those who fall, about 17,000 of them will result in a fatal injury.

Count on the Don Franklin Auto for More Tips and Tricks!

All of us here at Don Franklin Family of Dealerships wish everyone a happy Holiday season. Remember to drive safely all throughout the year. Need to pick up salt and sand for your driveway or garage? Visit your local Don Franklin parts department or contact a service department near you, today.

Looking for more ways to stay safe when the weather’s working against you? Why don’t you find out how often to rotate your tires! We would also be happy to share the benefits of using low gear.

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