Watch the Rough Patches

Here in Woodstock, we don’t usually have to deal with winter weather and all that it entails. When snow and ice hit, we’re unprepared for slick roads and other hazardous driving conditions. But there’s another problem we’re unprepared to tackle: the aftermath of winter weather. As dirty as your undercarriage gets after slogging through road slush, road salt is the real danger to your car. Road salt ruins your car’s appearance in the short term, but it can also cause lasting damage to the shine of your vehicle.

Dangers of Road Salt

road saltRoad salt may seem like harmless dust clinging your car after our recent bad weather, but dangers lurk beneath the surface. Road salt is corrosive, eating away at your car’s paint and rusting your undercarriage. If left too long, road salt may even affect the mechanical performance of your vehicle. In areas of the country with frequent, heavy snows, road salt has been known to damage the frames, hubcaps, and hydraulic brake systems of cars.

How to Prevent Road Salt Damage

  • Wax your car before a major storm to create a buffer between corrosive road salt and your car’s paint. Consider applying a sealant to your undercarriage to prevent rusting.
  • Wash your car frequently. Not only does regular carwashing remove road salt buildup, a regular wash and wax will make it more difficult for road salt to stick to your car.
  • Check your car for cracks and chips in the paint, and repair any damage as soon as possible.
  • When driving, avoid puddles and shoulders, where road salt collects.
  • Vacuum the interior; road salt from your shoes and clothes can discolor carpet and seats.
  • Remember: garages protect cars from the elements, but they actually worsen the effects of road pollutants on your vehicle. If you keep your car in the garage, wash it at least once a week during inclement weather.

Stop by Towne Lake’s Carwash and Detail to remove winter pollutants from your car.

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