We all know how dirty cars can get in the Winter season, especially if you live in Canada where Winters are harsh and bring in lots of snow. To battle the slippery conditions, municipalities use salt and sand to melt off remainders of snow and ice off the roads and make driving conditions safe for drivers. Even though salt can play a helpful role in maintaining road safety during the Winter season it does, however, play a negative role in maintaining a vehicle’s exterior. Drivers can follow the 5 tips below to reduce salt build-up on their vehicle during the cold season.

  1. Thoroughly dry your vehicle After a thorough wash and rinse, it is recommended to thoroughly dry the vehicle, that includes opening doors to help trapped water dry and prevent it from accumulating. Once the vehicle is fully dried wax can be applied to add an additional layer of protection to the exterior.
  2. Heated vs Non-Heated parking During the Winter season, snow and slush get stuck to the exterior and undercarriage of vehicles. When cars are parked in a heated parking location, snow and slush melt off causing the salt to react with the moisture hence speeding the corrosion process. Cars that are parked outside are also exposed to the same elements but due to outside temperature, the snow and slush remain frozen which slows down the corrosion process.
  3. Strategic driving Drivers should avoid driving their vehicles into areas with packed snow and puddles. Packed snow can expose the undercarriage of vehicles to salt which corrodes the metal parts. Salty puddles should also be avoided as they also cause damage to metal parts
  4. Frequent Car Wash It is recommended that cars are washed every 10 days and during daylight hours in order to dry. Freshwater and high-pressure hoses are recommended to get rid of the salt accumulation. To stay environmentally friendly some car wash facilities have even turned green; Zenetec Car Wash in Barrie, Ontario uses a specialized Water Restoration system that recycles 100% of the water used. It is important to wash the hard to reach areas such as mud flaps, under the door handles, cracks and crevices. The undercarriage of vehicles needs particular attention as salt build up can cause rust and damage.
  5. Cover carpets with rubber mats Carpets can get damaged when salt particles cover their surface. To protect them, drivers can place rubber mats in the area that comes in contact with shoes which are the main carrier of salt and dirt. Rubber mats can easily be washed to avoid dried salt from spreading throughout the vehicle.

The Winter season has proven to cause exterior damage to vehicles and drivers do need to routinely maintain their vehicles in order to avoid extended damage which can lead to expensive repair and replacement of parts