Here at Magellan, we take salt seriously. We know how important it is to our Fleet clients, and how expensive acquiring more salt can become if they have to go out on the market and buy more supplies toward the end of a season. We’re proud of developing a smart GPS technology approach to route planning and route completion that enables our clients to save money by distributing their salt wisely. Waste not, want not.
With salt on our minds, here are some data points you might find interesting:
- Salt is the most commonly used deicing chemical in the United States.
- Dating back to the winter of 1941-42, New Hampshire was the first state to adopt a general policy of using salt (source: Road Salt Use in the United States).
- Some reports say that more than 20,000,000 tons of salt are applied on our roadways every winter. That is equivalent to 158 pounds of salt for every car or truck on the road in the US (@253 million vehicles).
- New England, the Great Lakes, and the Middle Atlantic regions together account for more than 85 percent of all road salt used nationally (source: Road Salt Use in the United States).
- Winter road maintenance consumes 20 percent of state department of transportation maintenance budgets nationally (source: Federal Highway Administration).
- State and local agencies spend more than $2.3 billion on snow and ice control operations annually (source: Road Salt Use in the United States).
- American Rock Salt, the largest salt mining company in the United States, produces 10,000 to 18,000 tons of salt each day (source: American Rock Salt website).
- A report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) lists salt production as a $2.2 billion industry in 2014, in which 43 percent of all salt sales went to road de-icing (source: NBC News, Road Salt: Winter’s $2.3 Billion Game Changer).
- Salt contracts can be subject to 80 percent delivery acceptance rates—meaning that towns must be prepared to pay for 80 percent of the salt they ordered in early autumn (source: USGS).
- Double-digit price increases often occur during salt shortages (source: USGS).
- Road salt pays for itself within 25 minutes of being applied, reducing crashes by up to 88 percent, injuries by up to 85 percent and accident costs by up to 85 percent (source: American Highway Users Alliance).
Regardless of whether you’re overseeing a municipal utility or running your own snow removal company, the efficiency in which you manage your salt distribution can be a game changer or a budget buster.
Make sure you select a fleet management solution that’s worth your salt.