One of the biggest automotive issues for drivers in cold climates is dealing with the damaging effects of road salt. There’s a high risk of rust after a rough winter like the one we just went through with record-low temps and lots of ice and snow. The lower temps make it harder to keep your car clean, and there’s a lot of road salt most likely gathering in the undercarriage of your vehicle.
Still, you may be asking yourself: why does salt cause all this fuss?
Essentially, sodium chloride, the most common form of road salt, speeds up the natural corrosion process. Water already acts as a slow-moving corrosive element, and the addition of salt accelerates the oxidation process. What can be done to prevent this? Washing your car as often as you can during the winter.
If you want to be proactive in rust prevention, get the salt off your car as soon as possible after a snowstorm. It’s a good habit to wash it off whenever the temperature allows, so take advantage of the beautiful spring weather we’ve had lately. Give us a call if you notice any scratches or dents that went overlooked under all the winter grime.