Here in Oregon there is no salt used on the winter roads. they consider it
too damaging to the environment. They use some other liquid form of de-icer
that gets dribbled out onto the road surfaces from modified tank trucks. It
works pretty well, but we also don't have a lot of snow here in Western
Oregon. When we do have it, it's usually in the upper 20's and can be some
of the slipperiest stuff imaginable! It's hard to walk in it, let alone
drive a car in it! In Eastern Oregon, the temperatures are a lot colder
when it snows and with the exception of some icy spots, that snow is hard
and squeaky and traction is pretty good. Studded tires are legal for about
6 months of the year and they are on all four wheels, here That creates
twin ruts in the roads!
On Meacham grade on I-80, in Eastern OR., there are some curves on 7% grades
where trees and road angle prevent sun warming of the road surface. There
were so many wrecks of big truck or small cars in the winter, that ODOT has
now put heating strips in the pavement. Problem solved
Every area or part of the country has special needs for winter driving.
----- Original Message -----
From "Bud Osbourne" <abcoz at hky.com>
To: "Robert Duquette" <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 11:57 AM
Subject: RE: RE: Snow and driving which car
> Like I said, people will have to learn how to drive in inclement weather.
> In some cases, that will mean traveling a lot slower, due to road
> conditions. Snow plows, of course, will NOT be banned ;)
> The potholes are exacerbated by the corrosive effects of salt, as well as
> freeze-thaw cycles. If anything, lack of salt will decrease the tendency
> for potholes to form.
> Isn't it amazing how man survived, while driving on non-treated, snow and
> ice covered roads, before the advent of all wheel drive, traction control,
> and winter tires that actually worked?
> But, I'm not going to "hold my breath", in anticipation of a ban on road
> salt. It'll probably never happen. But, it sure would be fun if it did!
> Bud Osbourne
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com
> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of Robert Duquette
> Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2006 1:58 PM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: RE: RE: Snow and driving which car
> If we ban salt, then what happens when you have packed snow on your
> and you get a sudden thaw? That'll be greasy too. And, there'll be pot
> holes and water puddles . . .
> It may be simpler to do as we do up here. Pay lots of taxes and let them
> continually fix the roads and garages. :)