Road salt is necessary for safe transportation throughout the winter months, but it’s important to protect your car from its effects.
Road salt promotes rapid corrosion, but Moore Tires in Mendota offers helpful tips to avoid the rust and maintain the value of your investment
Salt was introduced in the 1930s to control snow and ice on the road as a cost effective de-icer. When salt is applied to the roadways, you can combat corrosion by washing your car.
Washing your car in the winter is important, and recommended frequently once it starts to snow – every 10 to 14 days is ideal.
When salt remains on a vehicle’s surface and undercarriage, it can damage your car’s finish, affect the mechanics of your vehicle and promote rust. If you’re washing at home, add baking soda to the water to help dissolve dried salt on your vehicle’s surface.
Add a coat of wax to add an extra layer of protection between your car and the junk on the road.
You can take additional steps to prevent salt damage to your car. Avoid driving through large puddles of standing water where road salt collects. Don’t drive through deep snow, as it can become packed into the undercarriage and contribute to corrosion.
Repair paint chips to avoid rust, and make sure any drainage holes in the frame, door and bottoms of the doors are clear so that any moisture can get out.
You can also protect your wheels and tires during the winter. By using a protective wax for your wheels, you can avoid brake dust adhesion.
If you have to park outside during the winter months, consider a car cover to protect against the elements. Quality floor mats also offer interior protection from snow and mud.
With a little extra maintenance during the winter months, you can help prevent rust and maintain the value of your car.
Moore Tires, 2411 E Rock Falls Road, Rock Falls, IL 61071, 815-625-1800, www.mooretires.com