Salt Bounce and Scatter: A Perfect Storm

Tons of salt is wasted every winter because DOTs, local agencies and their operators don’t understand the bounce and scatter problem. In a nutshell, there are three things that work together to make salt bounce and scatter a massive waste:


First, salt that bounces onto the shoulder and in the ditch is useless. If it's not in the travel lane, it's a complete waste of time, material, and tax dollars!


Second, the performance of the salt that remains in the travel lane is greatly diminished because it dilutes quickly. Less salt on the road means more frequent application and even more waste! 


Third, all the extra salt that's put down (twice as much as necessary in some cases!) accelerates vehicle and infrastructure corrosion and increases chlorides in nearby lakes and streams -- forever. The total impact is hard to quantify, but it's huge.


Bounce and scatter is a perfect storm that consumes tons of salt and wastes millions of tax dollars every winter. The good news is, there's a simple technique that anyone can use to quiet the storm and stop the waste. 


Speed Wastes Salt – The Proof is in the Numbers

This presentation summarizes two years of salt distribution research conducted by the Michigan Department of Transportation and highlights what it means to a single operator of a single salt truck.  At 10 minutes, it's perfect for group training or for new operator orientation. 

Online Training for Salt Spreading

Speed Wastes Salt –

The Proof is in the Numbers

  • Available online, anytime through any device connected to the internet;

  • Perfect for group training or for new operator orientation.

  • Want to use it at a conference or other large event?  Contact us for special pricing.

$89 for a 6-month, group-view license with one set of login credentials.  Good for a single county, city, town or village; or DOT facility location.

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