31 No Ice Method

No Ice Method

Posted on January 15, 2008 by


sand and ice

This guy from Vladivostok city has patented a strange way to fight the ice-crusted roads of Russia in winter. He has mounted some device that spreads sand each time he pulls some trigger in his cabin, making an artificial sandy surface under the wheels of his small truck, letting to move it on any icy surface he wants. He says it's especially handy when moving downhill or starting moving uphill on the ice-covered road. "Many drivers seeing me doing that express their appreciation and support on the road" he says. "That's what we need in our Russian icy winters" says another random driver who've seen that device in action. The inventor has got a patent for that but says that no investor or authority is yet interested in supporting him. Well, we wish him luck, at least when he spreads his sand he does good job not only for himself but for all the following cars too - they can go on this sand for some time too without the risk to slip out from the road.


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31 Responses to “No Ice Method”

  1. lelon says:

    yes, everyone of us))

  2. John from Kansas says:

    That is an interesting method of applying sand. Now fit the device to a great fleet of ZIL trucks and sand those icy roads!

  3. RAK says:

    LOL! In Finland we have had those kind of “devices” for many many years.

  4. FeFe says:

    Locomitives always had sanders that operate with compressed air. Time has come to apply it to cars?

  5. chaosgone says:

    That’s a cool device!

  6. KG says:

    Welcome to sweden!!

  7. Wooshkaboom says:

    It is the year 2008, and Russians have NOW discovered that you can spread sand on icy roads to make them less slippery?

    I am Finnish.
    I am speechless.

  8. Richard S. says:

    Railroad locomotives use a similar technology when climbing steep grades (2-5%). They use sand and it creates traction against the metal wheel and the rail giving less slippage.

  9. glassx says:

    Streetcars in Toronto, Canada have used this technique for years…

  10. Michigan says:

    How is this news? We’ve had Sanders in my home town of Marquette for decades before I was even born. The thought of dumping sand out of the back of a truck to make the road less slippery must have taken a long time to invent. I can’t wait until next year when he discovers that if he adds salt to the sand mixture he can melt the ice!

    • Richard S. says:

      Problem with salt is that it corrodes cars very quickly and there is no fool proof method to prevent this.

      • Michigan says:

        Yes, I know salt corrodes cars, but it is just something you have to live with if there is no other alternative. Here they do not let us drive with studded tires (although the police do) and the state is too poor to buy the non-corrosive brine solution other states use. Until we get more money, I will have to live with rust on my car.

  11. Akash says:

    Yup…, Even I, a non-FInnish, am speechless…

    The French have incorporated a device working on similar principles on their TGV. It sands the railtracks to enable the steel wheels to grip on the rails during acceleration and braking.

    Your poor ‘inventor’ will have a really hard time patenting his ‘invention’…

  12. Groundskeeper Willie says:

    I’ll pay the loon a fiver if he comes and does ma drive. Anybdy got his contact details?

  13. I know this guy we were with him in a psychiatric clinic

  14. John from Kansas says:

    Good point.

  15. John from Kansas says:

    Good point!

  16. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says:

    Use of sand to make friction between tire and ice is good idea. When sand blows up under my robe and gets between the sides of my buttocks, it makes good friction. In the beginning it only tickles, but with each step it gains “traction.” So, why not on the road?

  17. Wooshkaboom says:

    Even still, that wouldn’t be news in Finland.

    And to top that, the fact that there is a need for individual motorists to make and use such devices on commonly used roads (note that it is said that the device of the guy is also appreciated by people driving after him – so this ISN’T only about seldom-used countryside roads) is a sign of backwardness in Russia – for example, in Finland, if it snows heavily at night, practically ALL the commonly used roads are plowed clean and sanded by the morning, and you would really have to drive a long way into the countryside before you’d see public roads that weren’t.

    There’s really nothing “awesome” about this invention – you can buy this type of gear readily made in Finland – there however is something SAD about a place where the roads (and economy) are in such a state of disrepair that people have to build and use these kind of devices themselves.

    And to the bitter “nyc”: look up the term “sarcasm” – understanding it might help your blood-pressure when reading replies on this site.

    • nyc says:

      Wow, talk about sour grapes. Wooshkaboom stalks Russian sites just to share his uninformed opinion of Russia’s “backwardness” and “state of despair.” I wonder what Russia’s done to deserve so much anger and frustration from this fella. My guess is that somewhere down the line, Wooshkaboom’s mom had the pleasure of being on the receiving end of Stalin’s Iron Fist… literally.

      Cry more, Wooshkaboom.

      • e says:

        it’s honestly petty nationalism. come on guys. since when is DIY not cool? especially in the ”socialist paradise of Finlandia”.

      • e says:

        oh no, now it was a ‘jokingly’

        so has the internet been around long enough to establish the precedent that when someone says that, it means you won the case?

        if so, time to prepare the grounds to my tenure on the Englishrussia Supreme Court

  18. Greg says:

    I think its very useful tool. I bet it beats driving around with chains.

  19. forumnyc.com says:

    Wooshkaboom,
    “There’s really nothing “awesome” about this invention – you can buy this type of gear readily made in Finland – there however is something SAD about a place where the roads (and economy) are in such a state of disrepair that people have to build and use these kind of devices themselves.”

    3 healing steps for you.

    1. Take out World map and locate Finland. Measure size in centimeters. Do the same for Russia. Please.
    2. Calculate on how much sand it would need to cover entire Finland. Use 1 inch coating.
    3. Try to cover just Vladivostok area of Russia with 1 inch of sand. Oops, you lose again. Our small beat your whole country.

  20. brian says:

    that looks fun….

  21. [...] Needless to say, he’s very popular with the drivers on the road behind him. You can watch the video demonstration here; no need to understand Russian, it’s pretty [...]

  22. If this can work in New York City, it could prove useful.

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