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Proper maintenance for winter driveways
Though many people don't realize it, the driveway is an extension of the road and requires the same sort of maintenance and attention during the winter months. In fact, the only real difference between the two is that you alone are responsible for keeping your own driveway clear. Here are some car safety tips for making sure yours is prepared for the winter season.
Salt is a miracle substance for combating ice and snow. Sprinkling a healthy layer of rock salt across your driveway and walkway lowers the melting temperature of ice and snow, allowing them to dissipate even in cold weather.
If you're looking for additional traction after a snowstorm, biodegradable cat litter is an environmentally safe alternative to salt (though it won't help the melting cycle). This will help reduce the likelihood of slips and falls due to an icy driveway.
For those who hate shoveling, snow blowing and salting their driveways and are unafraid of shelling out a little extra money this season, heated driveways are becoming an increasingly popular option. Using cables or tubes, these systems radiate heat for automatic ice and snow removal, according to DIYLife.com.