What's this about, you must wonder. It is about using chemicals (salt) as a means of combating ice and snow on our winter roads.
The Municipal Highways Office/the Highways Department began to use salt a few years ago, against advices from road security organizations, car owner organizations, environment saving organizations - no one but the authorities supported salt. Salt might work well in warmer areas, but not here where we have solid winter and everyone learns how to drive safely on winter roads.
But we got that shit here too. They use salt to save money, they are salting the roads before snowfall and sometimes after snowfall too. Driving in a layer of several inches of slush is dangerous. The suckers should have been more concerned about using snow plows. But that is a little more expensive. The salt stays on the road and can be effective for many days.
The salt sticks to headlights and windshields, reducing visibility. It holds on water and the tarmac almost never dries up. This makes the road black as coal which degrades visibility further, and on top of that the black shiny road surface reflects the headlights of meeting traffic, blinding you.
And the salty moisture that doesn't dry up freezes because the temperature drops, it turns into a dangerous layer of invisible ice. Salt can not melt ice when it's really cold.
Animals, such as moose and reindeer are attracted by the salt and roadkills happens on a daily basis. Sometimes people in cars gets killed too in theese accidents. A full grown moose is about half the weight of a regular car, and when the car sweeps away its feet, it lands on the bonnet or on the windshield.
Hundreds of tons of salt pollutes the ground. Doesn't everyone want to "go green" these days?
And then we have the rust. Cars lasts only half as long where salt is being used. Who wants to own a rust bucket?
Not all roads here are salted, some weeks ago I had the pleasure to drive on a small road without salt. On the main road it was salt slush, on this road it was snow. It was good traction on the snow and it was a wonderful drive.
Most of you live in countries with mild winters and are probably used to salt. You probably don't know anything better and you are used to it. And you probably didn't take special classes to handle ice roads, thus driving on an ice covered road freaks you out. To us that is normal and nothing special (well, not in southern Norway, they are clumsy winter drivers like most other people).