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ROAD SALT; Blessing in Disguise!


Magnesium chloride is the scientific name for road salt.  The importance and vitality of magnesium chloride cannot be ignored especially during chilly winters. The scientific formula has the potential to make wintery roads more secure and safe and is sprayed by the transportation authorities before snowfall or icy conditions show signs of occurrence.

According to the department of transportation the road salt composition is quite nasty but works exceptionally good in wiping off and melting tons and tons of snow on roadsides. The decision in favor of using road salt was taken seven years back because the job was being done well.

However, with every blessing there is some hidden burden.  As corrosive as road salt is to the snowfall and storms, the same implications were seen on the cars, roads and even bridges. The stuff is corroding the undercarriages of the cars and trucks. The average life of the vehicle is being affected by almost 50 percent approximately.


On inspection, a number of cars and trucks were concluded to have cracked, rusty and deteriorated body. Magnesium chloride has the tendency to infiltrate the electrical components, eat fuel tanks, fail radiators and rot out the brake lines, thus risking the lives of driver, passenger and pedestrians. The formula sticks underneath the vehicle so harshly that it does not get off even when the mechanics wash off carefully and thoroughly.

As of now, the department of transportation is looking in to the matter more closely and an extensive study is being conducted to identify the consequences of road salt on environment, vehicles and roads. Magnesium chloride has great usefulness during winters which cannot be put aside altogether, therefore the concluding result is very important for the decisions to be taken in future.