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How Does Road Salt Affect Your Car?

Road salt is going to be everywhere during the winter months and helps to keep vehicles on the road as the surface become slippery. It is usually said that road salt is bad for your car’s paint but is there any truth to this? We will look at this comprehensively and help you with auto cleaning tips to deal with this winter menace.

First of all, what is road salt?

Road salt helps to reduce the freezing temperature on driveways, streets and roads, preventing ice from forming. What is usually on the roads during the winter is a mix of road salt and sand. The salt helps to reduce temperature while the sand helps your car get more grip.

Is road salt bad for my car?

Salt is bad for your car because it can be corrosive if it stays on for too long. Salt can corrode your car’s paint and can cause your undercarriage to begin to rust. Once road salt sticks to your car and you park somewhere warm like your garage, the ice melts. When you have that moisture react with the oxygen in the air, it can begin to eat away at metal, a process that is quickened by the road salt.

How can I prevent rust and other damage to my car?

Road salt helps to reduce the freezing temperature on driveways, streets and roads, preventing ice from forming. What is usually on the roads during the winter is a mix of road salt and sand. The salt helps to reduce temperature while the sand helps your car get more grip.

  • Wash your car every two weeks or less: This is the least that you can do to remove road salt from your car. We recommend using a touchless carwash for your auto cleaning to prevent bristle brushes from scratching your car paint. You should also ensure that your undercarriage is also washed so that any salt deposited there is cleaned away.
  • Protect your car with a coat of wax: A professional auto cleaning service can help you to keep your car’s paint in great condition during the winter with a good coat of sealant or car wax. We recommend having this done before the winter months and after a thorough auto cleaning session. This coating will make sure road salt doesn’t come in contact with your car’s paint directly.
  • Avoid driving in deep snow: The easiest way that road salt gets into your car’s undercarriage is when you plough through deep patches of snow. Deep snow causes corrosion, poor braking and other driving/handling issues.

Book for a comprehensive auto cleaning service today

With many years of experience looking after your vehicles in all seasons, Detailz Auto Detailing will help you make your vehicle look just the way your bought it. Our master craftsmen have the experience to clean the interior and exterior of your vehicle using professional tools. Our auto cleaning service will also ensure that your vehicle is free from rust. We also offer you a 100% service guarantee on our auto cleaning package, giving you peace of mind.