Once the snow has been shoveled, the ice has melted and the roads are clear to drive again, you might think your car is safe and you can continue driving without any worry. But there’s one last thing you need to do to make sure your vehicle will remain operating safely.
A mixture of salt and sand is frequently spread over roads before or after a snow or ice storm. The mixture helps keep your vehicle safe from slipping and sliding all over the road but it can cause major body and undercarriage damage to your vehicle.
The salt can attack your car’s steel body panels and components, opening the door for rust. Corrosion can occur and rust under the carriage, in wheel wells and parts of the hood. Over time this will degrade your car and diminish its resale value.
It’s important to wash the outside of your car and also the undercarriage of your car, which is particularly susceptible to rust. It might take a few washes to get all the salt off but it’s better to do it now than before spring because the warmer weather will speed up the corrosive effects.