For many, the winter season is still very much alive with frigid temperatures, spine-chilling winds and piles of snow. If you live in conditions like these, you know that it can make day-to-day life very difficult. One of the most difficult things to deal with in winter conditions is driving. Snow and ice can lead to dangerous travels on the road, whether in the car for a few hours, or even just driving down the street for a gallon of milk. But the hazards of winter driving aren't limited to just ice and snow. Another problem is that when road departments use salt to melt frozen streets, it can wreak havoc on your car. To avoid the damage brought on by winter roads, here are some things to know.
The Purpose of Road Salt
For those parts of the country that are hit with freezing winter temperatures, roads become iced over – an extremely dangerous situation. In order to reduce the hazard risk, a mixture of salt and sand is spread over roadways before or after a snow or ice storm. How does it work? Salt is able to help lower the freezing point of water. By sprinkling salt on frozen roads, the ice will melt. Sand is used to help keep road salt in place, as well as add some traction to the road so cars are less likely to slip.
The Risk of Salted Roads To Your Car
Based on what you've learned so far, road salting sounds like an excellent way to make winter travels safer. And it is. Unfortunately, there are some drawbacks. The major consequence is that it can cause rust and corrosion to form on the body and undercarriage of your car. Because your car's undercarriage is completely exposed to the road, it is most at risk for road-salt deterioration. Other highly-susceptible parts include:
Hydraulic brake system
How to Prevent Salt Damage To Your Car
If you live in an area where roads are salted regularly, your car is at a much higher risk for rust and corrosion. This being said, you should take the necessary precautions to prevent road salt from damaging your car. Here's how:
Wash Your Car After A Snowstorm
After a snowstorm hits, it's important to act fast to remove salt deposits from forming on your car. To do this, wash it. You should also be sure to take the time to scrub the undercarriage. You can opt for a drive-through car wash or hand wash as long as all areas are cleaned efficiently.
Wax Your Car
Along with washing your car after a snowstorm, you should also give it a good waxing. Not only will this help protect it from salted roads, but it will also help prevent scratches, nicks and other easy-to-obtain damages.
Pretreat your Car's Undercarriage.
To aid in preventing vehicle damage due to wet and salty roads, try using an oil solution pre-treatment, which can be sprayed on the exposed parts of your car.
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This entry was posted in Ron Hibbard Toyota and tagged Toyota, Toyota Dealer, Vehicle Maintenance, Toyota Service on 02/17/2017 at 5:30 PM