Routine Washes Matter
In the winter, we shower the roads in salt and sand to give our cars a bit more traction in the snowy and icy weather conditions. Despite the help that the salt and sand gives us, it also harms us. It does some damage to the exterior of our vehicles, but there are ways that we can prevent great damage from occurring.
First of all, it is important to thoroughly wash your vehicle, and to do it frequently in the winter months. Always ask for the upgraded wash, or make sure that you are getting the undercarriage of your vehicle washed as well. This is something not typically included in the most basic car wash. Washing the underside of your vehicle is just as important as washing the salt off of the exterior paint of your vehicle.
Dozens of radiators are replaced at our shops every year due to vehicles that weren’t cared for in the winter months. Typically, a 15 year old vehicle is a successful lifespan. Unfortunately, many vehicles have their frames rotted out, or their radiators oxidized to the point of no return by their 8th or 9th year on the road. If the frame rots out of your vehicle, then it is useless to you.
Another way of preventing harmful corrosion to your vehicle is to prepare your vehicle before the snow hits. Check the exterior paint of your vehicle for chips in the paint. Take note of the chips, and evenly apply a wax sealant over your car. Wax your vehicle routinely throughout the winter to further protect your vehicle.
Unsightly salt stains on carpeted vehicle floors are also harmful to your vehicle. When you see salt stains, that also means that the salt water dripped down through the carpeting of your vehicle and onto the undercarriage. Simple fix for this – replace your carpeted mats with thick rubber mats.
You can prevent damage done to your wheels by replacing them with steel or alloy wheels. Snow tires will help you along in the snowy weather, and would not be a bad idea either! Stay safe on the roads this winter.