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Car Advisor Tamotsu Todoroki

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Protect Your Car from Salt Damage - Vol.121

Those who live in areas where it snows, must be aware of the damage salt can do to the car. It eats into the metal, slowly damaging the structural integrity of the vehicle. It's important to protect your car from salt damage.
In snowy areas, the crusty white line that appears on the car can do real damage to it. The lines are actually salt that is left on the roads to melt snow. It stops the snow and ice from accumulating and blocking roads, by lowering the freezing temperature.

It also decreases road accidents. Since the inception of this method, the number of accidents, in snowy weather, has fallen greatly in the last few years. However, the negative impact it has on cars cannot be neglected. If you live in an area where such a thing is common then you need to prepare for it.

Given below are the tips to protect your car from salt damage:

Advance Preparation
Do not wait for doom's day to strike. Prepare to guard your car against salt damage in advance. One very famous method of protecting the car against salt damage and rust is waxing it before the fall. Waxing is great as it does not let salt and dust corrode the paint and keep your car in a good condition.

It is also important to apply a sealant to the undercarriage of the car. This part is very prone to damage due to its exposure to salt. Brake lines can also get damaged by the salt or get rusted. Remember, prevention is better than having a surge of remorse.

Give it a Bath
Washing your car is a good habit, and if you live in an area where salt is sprayed frequently, then it is a must. You must wash your car once a week, regardless of the weather. It removes the salt residue before it causes damage. If you do not wash your car, the salt accumulated will gradually start affecting your car's body and performance.

Washing your car after a heavy snowstorm is a must to get rid of the salt that accumulates there. If you don't want to do it yourself, you can take your car to a good car wash and get it serviced. The results are excellent when the temperature is in the 40s.

After you wash the car, open all the hatches, doors and trunks so that they dry properly. You can also use special equipment, if available, to dry your car.

Car Mats
Often, people do not understand that the outer body of the car isn't the only thing that gets affected by salt. The fact that salt enters your car through your shoes is often neglected. To guard against this problem, install carpets in your car so that it becomes easy to clean. You can quickly wash or vacuum the carpets to keep your car's inner body clean.

Pay Attention
There are areas that one does not pay attention to and neglects them. These areas are very vulnerable to damage. They can cause serious problems with the car's braking, turning and other functions. It is important to keep an eye on these parts and pay special attention to them.

They are not often properly cleared by washing. You can use a cloth or visit a good car washing service station to get them cleared. Use these simple techniques to keep your car from salt damage. Do not let salt accumulate on the roof of you car either. You should use a car cover to protect it better against such damage.