To help keep drivers safe, cities will often treat the roads with salt. While this can help to prevent accidents, it can corrode your vehicle’s metal and break down paint, causing premature aging and rust. Let’s talk about some ways to protect your car this winter. 

Car Wash 

During the winter months, it is easy to put aside washing your car. However, it is the most critical time of the year to wash your vehicle frequently. If left alone, salt can cause damage to the metal on your vehicle and, over time, can lead to rust.  

When the salt and water mix on the roads, it is easily splashed onto your car. When this happens, the water and salt mixture gets into the cracks and crevasses on your vehicle in hard-to-reach places. Choosing a car wash that cleans the underside of your vehicle is important to get the areas that are harder to see. 

Getting a car wash once every two weeks to remove the salt and debris is an excellent way to prevent any damage. Remember to dry your car completely so the water doesn’t freeze. 


Wax acts as a shield for your car. It will protect your vehicle from the snow, sleet, and chemicals in road salt. Waxing your car is an easy way to add an extra layer of protection to your vehicle. Without wax, your vehicle will be more susceptible to rust, scratches, and dents.  

Floor Mats 

The interior of your vehicle is just as important as the exterior. Rubber floor mats are a great way to keep your carpets in good shape during the winter. Rubber mats will act as a tray and collect all the salt and debris from your shoes when you enter your car. When the mats become dirty, all you have to do is spray them down with a hose, and they are good as new!  

When winter is over, you can switch to standard carpet mats or keep the rubber mats all year round to protect your carpets.  

Car Cover 

A car cover is a great option if you park your car outside in the winter. Car covers provide an extra layer of protection from the harsh winter weather. It keeps your vehicle insulated while also shielding any precipitation. 

Car covers prevent damage to your vehicle, and they are an excellent investment if parking in a covered area is not an option. It is recommended to buy a fully waterproof cover. For best results, get a cover that is made for your vehicle’s make and model.  

These tips can help keep your vehicle in great shape this winter season. If you get any dents, dings, or scratches this winter, give us a call at Superior Collision Center! We are committed to restoring your vehicle to its original condition while earning your trust.