Ice Melting: Driveway and Road Dangers

Ice melting presents a potential hazard for driving in driveways and on the road. When temperatures drop, melting ice can create a condition known as black ice. This results in your car losing control when it hits a patch of ice, and it can result in damage or injury to you or others. Understanding the dangers and hazards associated with ice melting and dealing with them will help make your road travels safer and decrease the chance that you will become injured or cause damage to your vehicle.

The Formation of Fog Mist from Melting Ice

In addition to the danger of black ice forming, ice melting can create a potential for the water turning into a fog mist that reduces road visibility. This hazard can be dealt with slightly through the use of your fog lights and windshield wiper blades. Unfortunately neither pieces of equipment eliminates the potential danger that the fog mist creates. The reduced visibility means that you are unable to gauge distances between you and another vehicle and at certain times of the night, you may not be able to detect the presence of ongoing traffic or objects in the road.

Dealing with Ice Melting in a Driveway

A driveway with ice melting can create a slippery road surface that will cause your car to slide into oncoming traffic or into some other obstruction at the end of a driveway such as a light post or mailbox. As the ice melts and drains toward the end of the driveway, changes in the temperature will result in the ice refreezing and creating a temporary hazard for you to deal with. Addressing ice that melts to the end of the driveway and refreezes requires your vigilance to check the driveway's condition after an ice melt to make sure that it has not hardened. Applying salt or cat liter can help make the ice manageable and prevent you from causing any damage.   

Treating Road Conditions Subject to Ice Melting

All road surfaces near and around your car should be treated with ice melt crystals, salt or cat liter as soon as possible. This will increase your traction and make it easier for you to operate the vehicle without the risk of serious injury or harm. The use of these materials should be in keeping with the local environmental standards for your community. If you do not know what they are, contact your governmental representative's office in order to get information on the rules for the use of certain materials in dealing with ice melting.

Staying on Top of Ice Melting Hazards

Staying on top potential hazards and risks that can be caused by melting ice is a job that you must perform throughout the winter season. By staying on top of the situation with ice melting you can ensure safety and prevent your car from being involved in some accident or other event that can harm or injure other people.