Halfords has launched a ONE METRE long stick of salt, which can rapidly thaw ice and melt snow ahead of the freezing weather.

The giant Winter Wizard Salt Stick costs just £3.50 and can cover 60 square metres.

The monster stick works like shake ‘n’ vac and home-owners and motorists just need to shake their stick and spread the salt over the affected area. It claims to work ten times faster than rock salt and can be used on steps, driveways, paths and car parks.

It launches as research by the retailer reveals that many motorists struggle with the cold weather when driving. A poll of 2000 by Halfords found that 48 per cent have avoided driving because of the weather and 52 per cent of motorists cited ice as one of the reasons that they put off travelling.

Ania Kanwal at Halfords said: “We’re delighted to be launching the giant Winter Wizard Salt Stick, an easy way for home-owners and motorists to quickly thaw ice and snow. We were dismayed to see so many people put off driving because of ice and snow and hope that they’ll be able to shake ‘n’ salt their way through the forthcoming weather.

Winter Wizard Salt Stick, £3.50 per stick, Halfords ENDS.