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Why road salt can be dangerous

On Behalf of | Nov 9, 2017 | Blog |

Road salt may be your worst enemy in winter because it can lead to the formation and spread of rust. Because this is a hidden danger and not easily visible on vehicles, some people might be less aware of it and less likely to prevent the problem or take care of it ASAP.

It is certainly a real problem, though, whether you are driving on the West Virginia Turnpike or on your residential street. Corroded salt eats away at your car and threatens its safe functioning. It can compromise your car’s frame, brake system and exhaust system, to name a few areas of danger. Many of the cars surrounding you on your daily commute could be dealing with the same issue, and accidents are just waiting to happen. To that end, here is a review of top ways in which you can prevent salt from settling into your car this winter.

Go to a car wash frequently

Perhaps the best thing you can do is visit car washes often, particularly those that have under sprays for undercarriages. This is a frequently overlooked area where salt builds up and turns into rust.

Undertake all maintenance changes diligently

Do not delay if your car is due for an oil change, tire rotation or tuneup. Waiting could mean problems are not caught. Moreover, when you do bring your car in for an oil change or similar type of appointment, have a technician check it for salt and corrosion issues.

Also, if a warning light on your car comes on, say your brake light, get it checked as soon as possible; it could be a sign of something extremely serious.

Get pre-treated

You can also opt for your car to be pre-treated with an under spray that staves off salt damage. Even if you do this, it is still a good idea to take your car to be washed regularly just to be on the safe side. 

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