Sensible Salting: “the right amount in the right place at the right time.”

Salt was first used in the 1930s for snow and ice control. But it wasn’t until the 1960s that salt became widely adapted by snowfighters as one of the major weapons to keep winter roads safe.

With a mission to promote roadway safety, the Salt Institute has developed and taught snowfighters “sensible salting,” which it defines as “applying the right amount in the right place at the right time.” This achieves the right results, unlike the dangerous road situation in the photo above.

Sensible salting requires, among other things, careful application of salt, good spreading equipment, calibration of spreaders, automatic controls, adequate covered storage, proper maintenance around storage areas and an awareness by all who use salt of the need to protect the environment.

Despite the development of alternative products, salt is still recognized as the best deicer to achieve safe winter roads, which protect lives and commerce.


How salt works on roads