How Can I Protect My Car From Road Salt?

It’s about that time of year again. The days are shorter, the weather is colder and the only thing to look forward to is the arrival of Christmas day. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we know the trouble that the winter brings for us and our cars. Snow, ice, wind or hail can have treacherous effects on the road conditions that can cause our vehicles to skid and lose control. This is why road salt is spread over the roads as a way to keep them safer and allow us to have more traction on the road.

Despite how useful road salt is, it can cause major damage to our car’s undercarriage and body. The good news is that there are several different ways you can protect your car from road salt damage. Read on to find out how.

Road salt can corrode the exposed metal of your vehicle due to the chemical reaction it has when it comes into contact. If you leave this corrosion unchecked, it can cause rust to form that not only looks unsightly, but can also lower the resale value of your car. Road salt targets your body panels, exhaust system and muffler, coil springs and subframe. The undercarriage takes most of the damage of the road salt, because the salt and salt brine are constantly coming into contact with it as you drive. Once corrosion sets in, it can eat away at your axle or brake lines, which causes a risky driving situation.

Salt Damage Prevention
Here are several ways to protect your car against salt damage:

  • Give your vehicle a good wash and waxing before the snow hits. For even more protection, add a layer of wax sealant over the new wax, or think about having a ceramic coating applied, which will give you more of a protective barrier.
  • In the fall, have a mechanic inspect your car to find any rusty components that need to be replaced. And then replace them.
  • Get any chips, scratches or rust spots repaired before snow starts falling.
  • Stay several car lengths away from snow plows that are putting down road salt so your vehicle doesn’t suffer from the pelting.
  • Wash your car often during the winter. Be sure to especially get your undercarriage cleaned off, and be sure to do so after any heavy snowfall.
  • If you own an older car, it has been exposed to many more winters than a newer car. Be sure to take extra care for any older cars you own.
  • Once spring arrives, get your car detailed thoroughly both inside and out. This is because road salt can break into tiny particles that can get into hard to reach places in your car and cause corrosion in its interior and other places.

If you find rust damage and corrosion on your car, you should take it to auto body experts like Evolve Auto in Markham. Evolve Auto can provide professional detailing services to get your car ready for the winter.

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