Road Salt Damage To You Car Or Truck, And How To Prevent It

Did you know that in the cold, winter months (generally seen as November – March, though it depends on the region) roads and highways are littered with salt. This road salt causes enough damage, but combine it with other substances or particles already found on the roads, and it creates a catastrophe combination that is paint and metal’s biggest enemy. It first starts to peel at the paint, and once it creates an opening, it spreads like wildfire. As the rust gets wider and deeper, it begins to affect not just the paint, but the metal itself.

Constantly cleaning your car or truck doesn’t just ensure it will always look great, but also help avoid severe rust that can literally put holes into the body of your vehicle. On the other hand, taking a long time between carwashes, especially in the winter, won’t just result in it being dirty; it will also leave permanent damage that can cost thousands of dollars to fix. All metal can rust, but the problem is made worse when the weather is cold, requiring more maintenance than usual.

How To Prevent Road Salt Damage

In order to prevent it, you need to wash your car/truck at least one time each week during the months mentioned above, and once every two weeks throughout the rest of the year. In addition, anytime there is a snowstorm, icing, frost, or sleet, give it a complete wash as soon as the weather permits. The quicker you do it, the better off you’ll be. It’s also a good idea to reapply a wax coating every once in a while. It doesn’t have to be every time you wash it, but it will end up in better condition the more protection you can offer it.

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