Somebody said "Although there is ongoing research into the use of alternative materials for winter maintenance, road salts continue to be the most cost-effective de-icers. "
And "Salt is a more natural and cheap chemical that won't kill everything when it runs off into the ecosystem."
Well actually no to both.
Salt is only cheap when you don't include the cost of the damage that it has done to our roadways, bridges, etc.
And salt does kill the vegetation by the side of the road, poisons the water, etc.
The plain fact is that the people saying it is "cheaper" is only cheaper to them as they don't have to pay the other "costs" which show up over time. Cars would last 3 times longer if they were not damaged by salt. With cars costing 15K to 100K, it really adds up quickly. I would love to see the the figures of decreased auto production and demand if we eliminated salt. I am sure the auto companies have such figures.
I have lived in Buffalo NY all my life (well I lived south for three years in the late 70's, missed the great blizzard of 77). We are well known for our snow and all that. Our bridges are destroyed, our roads are a mess and the ecological damage caused by salt is enormous.
We used to have a steel plant just outside of Buffalo called Bethlehem Steel. Very profitable, big employer. Everyone was sad to see them close. Not me. They closed when it became plain that they were using Lake Erie as their waste facility. If they had make BS pay to take their slag, pollution, and other crap somewhere safe, they never would have been able to make a profit, never would have been there and the lake would be a hell of a lot cleaner. But again this is our elected officials taking the "cheap" way and letting future generations pay for it.
Same with salt.
They should make it illegal to put salt on roads. Find something else.
To get back to the point of the first post. I have worked on cars my whole life. The damage done by salt to cars is enormous, complete and non reversible. My brother lives where they did not use salt for years. He would bring his car up for me to work on and wow, easy, clean, no rust and he would keep his cars for 12 years and they still would be clean. Since they started using salt where he lives, they are just like ours.
YOU ARE DAMAGING YOUR CAR BY DRIVING IT IN SALT AND ONCE YOU DO IT, THAT IS IT. NO GOING BACK.
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