How to Use Salt to Melt Ice

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Salt can be used to melt ice that freezes a car to the driveway by sprinkling a thin layer over the car and around the tires, and the salt will react chemically with the snow to melt it away. Buy salt at any grocery or hardware store with safety tips from a driving instructor in this free video on driving lessons.

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Video Transcript

Hey, Rick the driving instructor again. This time we're talking about hey, how to use salt to melt the ice, all right. The situation is you're in your driveway all right, frozen night, you're coming out there in the morning. And all of a sudden you go like whoa, you're stuck, all right. Well, I got one thing you could try to use is a garden hose or hot water. Well guess what, you got to go inside, heat up the water and if it's frozen out there, odds are that your garden hose is going to be frozen as well. So guess what? You got to use something, okay, so that's why you're going to try to use the old salt available to you. And also for those folks that are environmentally sensitive remember, hey salt is natural, you're not polluting the environment by using it so it's going to go a long way. The idea is, a little bit goes a long way. It doesn't take a whole lot of salt to get the job done. It's going to react chemically with the snow and it's going to melt it so that you can regain traction and get on your way down the driveway. The snow - I mean the salt is available at any one of your major retail stores and sells it, you go in there, take it easy when you buy the bags, they're kind of hefty and have someone help you with that. And then the idea is just sprinkle a little bit amount on the car, you don't have to do the whole driveway. Remember, there's only four points of contact, where those four tires are, and that's where we're going to put the salt around those areas because the idea is once you get initial traction, that's all it needs to get you down that driveway. So you don't have to use a lot, so use it real sparingly and if it doesn't do the trick on the first time, put a little bit more down and a little bit more down until you get the melting effect and then you can tell that the tires are actually in contact with the pavement, and then you can ease it down the driveway.


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