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Should I Use Sand or Salt During Pennsylvania Winters?

By Product Expert | Posted in Local, Seasonal on Thursday, January 7th, 2021 at 10:15 pm
An orange municipal vehicle spreading salt and sand on a wintry road.

A Comparison of Sand and Salt Use During Winter Months in Pennsylvania

With the Pennsylvania climate known for its plentiful snow and ice amounts during the winter, many residents want to stay ready for the occasion. To prepare, many of us purchase either rock salt or sand for our porches, driveways, or stuck vehicles. But which one is better for residential use? At Kelly Mazda, we compare the two to see which one to use.

Rock Salt is a Common and Effective Way to Remove Winter Snow

Salt can be inexpensive and incredibly effective both before and after a snowfall. This is because it can help to clear any snow or ice buildup on roadways or porches. However, it’s snow melting capabilities only work when at or above 12 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that it isn’t a great option for those frigid Pennsylvania days to come. Plus, it can aid in the rusting of your vehicle or damage your grass and plant life since it absorbs moisture, making it good to use in moderation at warmer temperatures or serious snowfalls.


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The rear view of an orange maintenance truck spreading salt on a Pennsylvania road.

Why Use Sand on Pennsylvania Roads?

While rock salts have both benefits and downsides, sand is another option many choose in our area. Though it doesn’t melt ice, sand is used to provide vehicle traction on top of the layer of frozen precipitation. Unlike salt, sand works in even the coldest climates to provide a layer of friction for walking or driving. However, it doesn’t get rid of snow and is ineffective when covered. Plus, when warmer temperatures arrive, it can leave buildup on your driveway or yard and cause damage to the grass.  It’s best used in the coldest temperatures or in areas that are already sandy or easy to clean in the spring.

Service Your Vehicle or Rid of Salt Damage to Your Car with Kelly Mazda

While salt damage and other winter mishaps can occur, those in the Scranton, PA area can stop into Kelly Mazda today to find solutions. We do multi-point inspections and other services to keep your Mazda vehicle prepared for the winter months. Stop into our location today or schedule a service online to get started.


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