Road salt. They put it on the roads here in the states by the ton to melt the snow. It's what causes cars up here in the northeast to rust away so quickly. It's gotten more expensive for municipalities to use the stuff, so many places mix it with gravel now so cars get a double whammy--road rash and salt cancer.I don't get it? What is in the garage there... looks like sand or something?
Nice sled BTW!
I go to school in cortland, it is fucking retarded how much salt there is here. I would never drive a nice car during the winter here.I went to college in Syracuse, NY. Syracuse is known as the Salt City. That's where most of the salt mines are where they get the road salt. I had to replace the exhaust on my car every year that I went to school there. Since salt is so plentiful, they have no qualms about really dumping it on the roads there. Lots of people drive winter beaters. Not like most people think of winter beaters, but cars that seem barely road worthy. It wasn't uncommon to see cars that were missing nearly the entire lower half of their exterior body. I actually saw a car there once that had lumber running under the car and sticking out the front and the back and tied over the top of the car with ropes. I have no idea what that was supposed to accomplish. Probably holding the undercarriage up.
The typical central NY winter beater:
They actually do help melt the snow and ice though, even if they aren't meant to. Not as effectively as salt of course. Because the sand and cinders are darker than the snow and ice they cover, the absorb more of the sun's heat, making them warmer than the snow and ice thereby melting them, but only when the sun's out.Cinders and sand aren't used to melt snow, but to aid traction. It's mostly the rural communities that use sand and cinders.