Remove Road Salt from Your Vehicle As Soon As Possible to Prevent Damage
Road salt is a must when winter grips the road with a snowy or icy hand. And even if your town is snow and ice free for the most part, if you venture out of your neck of the woods (holiday travel to visit family or just a well-deserved winter getaway), your car will probably make contact with some exterior-damaging road salt this winter.
“While road salting helps people travel safely, it has drawbacks. It can cause major body and undercarriage damage to your vehicles unless you take extra care and precaution,” reports DMV.org.
The most vulnerable parts of your car to the rust-causing effects of road salt are the muffler, subframe, hydraulic brake system, exhaust system, and coil springs, according to DMV.org.
“Keep in mind that rust on essential parts, from the axel to the brake system, can be very dangerous,” reports DMV.org. “If you live in an area where salt is used on the roads regularly, the risks of vehicle damage are much higher and should be taken seriously to protect your investment as well as your safety.”
Just like regular washing and waxing keeps your car looking great in warmer months, this practice can go a long way in protecting your vehicle from serious damage when the temperature dips. And if you notice any road salt on your car, wash it off as soon as possible and don’t forget to target the underside of your vehicle.
“Just washing your car isn’t enough — you have to get the undercarriage clean. Choose a drive-through car wash or a hand wash that sprays under the vehicle,” according to DMV.org.
News Source: DMV.org