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Old 01-30-2008, 02:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Map: States that use road salt

Since salt is a major contributor to rust in cars, I'm putting together a map of States that use road salt. I thought it would be helpful for those buying a used car out of state. I've got useful information for most states, but I'm not sure about some of you guys.

Here is what I have so far. If it is RED, your state uses salt on the roads. If I show it red, but you know your state switched away from salt let me know. If it is white but you know for a fact they use salt in your state speak up!



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Old 01-30-2008, 02:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In some ways I like that they don't use salt here, but the sand/gravel they use isn't great for your car either - at least not the paint job.
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They use salt here, but its so rare that the likelihood of it doing any damage to the cars is slim. They've used it once all year.
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Interesting, I didn't know CA used salt. Maybe in the Sierras they do... around here they only use those red lava rocks.
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CO uses mag chloride (liquid form) and boulders (they call it "sand"), as evidenced by all the cracked windshields. I guess mag chloride is technically salt, but not in the sense that other states use granular salt.
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I'm 95% sure that Vermont no longer uses salt.

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MD uses a salt mixture (depending on the area. My neighborhood and small communities use a sand/salt mixture). If you are unfortunate enough to drive by a truck spraying the stuff going the other way, you can FEEL it hit your car like driving through a brush-type carwash.

It sucks.
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Living in a salt state (MO), and travelling a lot to a grit state (CO), I prefer the salt if you have an otherwise-well-maintained vehicle. Lets just say that I never had over $4000 in paint and body damage done by driving 150 miles in salt.

I got my front end (bumper, fenders, hood, windshield, and roof) blasted driving back from CO over T-giving in the span of about 2 hours...
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PA uses a mix - combination of cinders, sand, salt, and calicum cloride, sometime they spray some sort of liquid too. Some of roads / trucks have new equipment that measures how cold the roads are and PENNDOT is able to figure out which combination to use.
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Most areas surrounding reservoirs & the streams that feed them no longer use salt.
I think that's an EPA regulation.

Hmmm.... looks like Florida's not a problem.
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A lot of states use a salt/sand mix and some states only use salt in a small area (CA-Sierras), but if any salt is used in any part of it I included it as a salt user. I'd like to find a breakdown of exactly which roads salt is used on but that info is tough to come by. Maybe I'll write the DOT of each Northern state to see if that info in available.
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CO uses mag chloride (liquid form) and boulders (they call it "sand"), as evidenced by all the cracked windshields. I guess mag chloride is technically salt, but not in the sense that other states use granular salt.
They use similar stuff here is WA.
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MD uses a salt mixture (depending on the area. My neighborhood and small communities use a sand/salt mixture). If you are unfortunate enough to drive by a truck spraying the stuff going the other way, you can FEEL it hit your car like driving through a brush-type carwash.

It sucks.

Yeah i've noticed a lot more sand/small gravel being used around here in MD
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Here in Boise, ID, I've notice a lot less sand and salt and more of that liquid de-icer stuff.
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ohio uses salt for sure, and i'd assume the entire great lakes region would (since under the lakes is a MASSIVE salt deposit). around here they use a heavily salinity fluid on the road, but rock salt is everywhere (especially in parking lots).

northeast ohio has a lot of rust.
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