They're using that same crap up here in NH too. Its aweful, they put it down a couple hours before it snows so the snow/ice melts on contact. The big problem is they put it down and you kick all that crap up into you car and its highly corrosive! My car goes away before the first snowfall and wont come back out until sometime in april-may. The only benefit i can see about the long winter is you can tear your car apart and not feel bad about not being able to drive it because you wouldnt be able to anyway!