How to Keep Your Driveway Ice-Free

Getting up in the dead of winter and getting out in the cold sucks. There’s not much worse than freezing heading into work or going to the grocery. It’s just plain not fun.

But a worse part of winter is the dangerous conditions it can create with ice, sleet, and snow. Any amount of precipitation has a chance to freeze over, creating very slick conditions, which isn’t great for you to walk around on or drive in.

And what surface to we know to freeze over more often than our driveways? We already dislike shoveling snow off the drive, but clearing ice underneath is even more of a pain. It’s great that we can rely on rock salt to help keep ice off the drive, but there’s a bit more that goes into it than just sprinkling salt around. Read on to see how you can effectively rid your drive of ice and prevent it from forming afterwards.

This is the first thing we do when we see that snow is accumulating on our driveways, but a lot of people don’t seem to know that one of the best reasons to clear snow is to avoid the snow being packed down into ice or very slippery solid snow. By clearing away any snow that’s on top of the ice, you’re able to then throw your salt on the layer underneath. Using any kind of deicer is pointless if there is snow piled on the ice, though.

Spread the salt.
Now is when you can start sprinkling your rock salt around the driveway. Be careful to keep any salt away from plants and pets, as rock salt has chloride and cyanide in it which can severely harm both. Make sure to sprinkle rock salt evenly over the ice too so that there aren’t random patches of ice remaining.

Apply warm water.
This is a trick a lot of folks don’t follow up with after spreading salt, but by splashing some warm water around on the salt, you’ll quicken the process of the ice melting.

Shovel again.
And now, you just need to wait for the ice to soften. Once it has, you can go out for round two of shoveling to remove the melted ice off of the driveway.

And voila. Your driveway isn’t so perilous to walk on, and you’ll be sure to prevent your vehicles from sliding around and potentially hitting each other when you pull in or back out.