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Why Does Ice Melt Not Work On Black Ice – What To Do Instead?

Traction On Snow

Walking on thin ice is a challenge, and this is where traction agents come into play. While we are careful to spread ice melt or deice the surface before a snowstorm hits, there are times when ice melt does not work. So, why does ice melt not work on black ice? How can we safely walk on ice without falling or skidding?

  • Since black ice is invisible, it is not easy to see where it has formed unless you walk on it.
  • Ice melt does not work on black ice because it does not cut through the thin layer of ice. It can, however, break the bond with the surface to an extent but will have to be removed manually by chipping it away.
  • It is challenging to build traction without injuring yourself first since it is found more around overpasses, bridges, or shaded roadways.

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