Getting Traction When Driving on Ice

It is easy to lose traction on icy roads or driveways. This is a page about getting traction when driving on ice.


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By sprinkling clean cat litter on your sidewalk or driveway, it may save you from a bad fall and it will give you traction if you have ice under the snow. Remember the cat litter won't hurt your lawn either. You don't have a cat? Well you are missing out on a loving pet and she or he could be saving you from a fall on the ice besides. Cat litter is cheap from the discount stores.

Source: Family Almanac 2010

By Ann Winberg

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February 2, 2011

To provide traction on ice in your driveway or for your car, use "Oil Dry." It is usually used to dry up spilled motor oil, but has other uses. It will not break down or mush up like Kitty Litter. It will absorb water, oil, or other liquids. Sprinkle it on ice and it will provide traction. After the Oil Dry drys out, sweep it up and reuse later. Put it under your car tire for traction. It will not harm your lawn or flower garden. When it gets tracked into the house, sweep it up and reuse it, or vacuum it up.


Oil Dry (has other trade names) can be found at auto parts stores, farm stores, and as some stores. The bags of the product may come in forty pound or larger bags. If the amount is greater than your need, share it with your neighbors and or coworkers. Save the environment!

By Chuck from Prince George, VA

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January 23, 2008

In rural Ohio, getting stuck in the snow on occasion is expected so I keep several medium sized carpet scraps in my trunk. When placed under wheels, they make getting traction--and out--easy!

By Trude from Lima, Ohio

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January 17, 2011

Since salt is harmful to dogs, when your sidewalks, etc are icy, sprinkle kitty litter to give Fido some traction. You will still need to wipe his paws, but at least there won't be caustic salt eating away at his toe pads!


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