Salt - when is the road safe?

All clear at...

  • I drive in snow and salt!

    Votes: 1 4.0%
  • Once road is dry

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • After traffic blows salt to side

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • One good rain

    Votes: 2 8.0%
  • Several good rains

    Votes: 15 60.0%
  • More than that / never in salted region

    Votes: 7 28.0%

  • Total voters
    25
City
Bethesda
State
MD
#1
I’m curious what amount of rain / time has to pass before you bring your Scrambler back on the road each spring or following road treatment of salt.

I pulled her out of garage briefly in December after three good rain events. Will probably use that standard in spring.
 

bigwalton

Picture cravin' AK Postal nut
Staff member
SOA Member
City
Dexter
State
MI
#3
If you get a significant torrential downpour, it could be one, but I usually go for at least three. Here you can generally see the white alongside the road disappear as it rains.
 
City
Bethesda
State
MD
#5
They salt for the smallest precipitation here in the DC metro area, which means I’m basically offline until the last snow.

Also the drainage is mediocre in my neighbor ...lots of spots with improper drainage so the salt can pool on or around road.

I just start her once a week or so to charge battery and get gaskets wet.
 

Flatie46

Legacy Registered User
City
Russllville
State
TN
#6
We haven't had much snow here ( east TN) in the last few years. If they mention it at all they salt and spray some kind of chemical on the roads. I was driving my 82 Scrambler as a daily driver for a couple years. I would drive it in the snow but I would always was the underside a couple times after. The '82 was/ is pretty rusty. The previous original owner had used it as daily driver since '82. I know he drove it in the snow. He told me stories of going when nothing else would.
 

Scott_P

Legacy Registered User
CJ-8.com Member
City
Benzonia
State
MI
#7
I run mine on occasion in the winter, but only to go snow-wheeling and the roads have to be dry or so cold and snowy no salt spray can exist.

But normally it sits in the garage until the salt is washed off the roads with a rain or two.
 

OGRES

Legacy Registered User
LIFETIME
City
Suwanee
State
GA
#8
No worries about salt down here in Georgia. We drive them all year round.

The snow and ice isn't nearly as bad for them as the pollen...
 

designerRob

CJ-8 Member
CJ-8.com Member
City
Allen Park
State
MI
#10
Salt makes me :angry:& :crazy:. I wouldn't drive anything nice on the roads here in MI until you can't see the salt residue on the road any longer. Their is no hard rule for when that will be.
 

OGRES

Legacy Registered User
LIFETIME
City
Suwanee
State
GA
#13
Way to rub it in!

Is pollen really a problem? Air filters or just a joke?
Depending on how bad the season is (dry without much rain), air filters can clog up a bit. I was mostly joking though.

The pollen can mess up the soft tops though and turn them a nasty shade of yellowy-green.
 

barrys

Scrambler Junkie
LIFETIME
CJ-8.com Member
City
East Norriton
State
PA
#14
Took this on a road to work last week. That is salt on the road, not snow. Not a CJ friendly time of year in SE PA. 20190131_074136.jpg
 

Belizeit

CJ-8 Member
CJ-8.com Member
City
River Ridge
State
La
#15
Hundreds of years ago empires were built on different kinds of wealth than today's. That would have been a fortune you are driving on. :)
 
City
Bethesda
State
MD
#17
Weather is getting nice in DC area but I think I need one more rainfall to feel confident all the crap is washed off roads.

Is there anything better than the first few warm days of spring? So painful to lose a weekend!
 
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