TDOT and local governments should only put salt on the roadways if absolutely necessary. Liquid brine causes incredible corrosion to a vehicle. While some may welcome the short term happiness with a road being partially de-iced, long term your car is going to suffer irreparable damage.
It may be a good idea to spray highways and a few major thoroughfares, it is counter-productive to spray the damaging substance on so many side roads. This is especially so when considering most weather events in Chattanooga last only a day or two....while the salt hangs around for weeks.
Salt on the roadway causes damage to cars. The relatively new use of liquid salt has only worsened the damage because it enters crevices on a vehicle. And the long term result is not good.
Use liquid brine sparingly, please.
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While I understand the frustration of getting liquid brine all over and in a vehicle and the damage that can occur over time if not thoroughly washed, it is minor in comparison to someone hitting you head on or sliding into a ditch because TDOT didn’t want to take proper precautions to avoid getting our vehicles dirty.
As we all know this area is known for unpredictable weather due to the Cumberland Plateau and surrounding mountains and it is quite frustrating sometimes when trying to plan outings. I honestly can’t even fathom the frustration and planning TDOT must face when preparing for winter weather and the safety of commuters.
Personally, I would rather take my chances with a couple of $20 car washes or spend some time with a pressure washer as it will be a whole lot cheaper than the likelihood of insurance claims, major body repairs, hospital bills, funerals etc.
Let’s be honest, we all know what happens in Chattanooga when it rains and the chaos the ensues so I can only imagine what would happen if TDOT went sparingly or gambled altogether on it not snowing and then Mother Nature changed her mind.
TDOT, please use as much brine and salt as you feel necessary to try and get us home safely.