Driving in the winter presents a wide variety of obstacles. Snow and ice are the obvious culprits, but the salt that is spread on roads to lessen the effects of winter weather can wreak havoc on your car and cause it to rust. Here are some tips to protect your car from road salt.
Wash Your Car
The most obvious way to protect your car from the effects of road salt is to wash it as soon as you can. After a big snow storm, wash your car as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more time the salt has to cause corrosion. Be sure to have the water sweep the undercarriage since salt can cause major problems to the essential components of your car located underneath. To ensure your car is staying as clean as possible in the winter, get a wash every ten days or so.
Avoid Driving Through Puddles
When road salt melts ice and snow on the street, it pools into large puddles. During the winter, avoid driving through large puddles. If you do have to drive through puddles, make a mental note to get a car wash as soon as possible.
Repair Paint Chips
If your paint peels or chips during the cold weather, get it repaired as soon as possible. Leaving a paint chip makes your car very susceptible to rust if salt can accumulate on the surface.
Rust Proofing Products
If you are especially worried about road salt rusting your car this winter, talk to your mechanic at Jost Garage about different rust proofing products available. Some sprays and sealants act as a shield to rust during the winter months.
If you’re concerned about the road salt doing damage to your car this winter, or need repairs on existing damage, come talk to the experts at Jost Garage. We can have your car winter-ready in no time.