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More and more people are reducing things in their diets that can cause long term problems. Not that this practise is new by any extent but sometimes it’s good to re-review why it’s important to be mindful to the why’s.

Take salt, it does make everything taste a little bit better (or a lot better if it’s french fries) but we can over-do it and it can have an impact on our health. Road salt has the same affect on our vehicles. Of course, we want those icy roads salted in winter so we can avoid treacherous moments behind the wheel but we need to remember that road salt builds up all winter. Not just the residue on the roads and sidewalks but on and inside our vehicles.

Road salt can affect your car in multiple ways, rust is commonly caused by the long-term effects of having to drive in these Canadian conditions but you also need to know rust can also affect the operation of your vehicle, leaks in your brake lines can be caused by the effects of road salt eroding away at those materials as well. Rust is one thing, not having your braking system work properly is another.

According to CarCovers.com here are some great washing tips to help combat road salt build up and how to care for your car’s finish:

  • Wash your car as soon as possible after each snow, ice or rain storm. At maximum, every 10 days.
  • Wash your car when temperatures reach 5 degrees Celsius or higher.
  • Washing your car in daylight hours gives it a better chance of completely drying before temperatures drop at night time.
  • Open and close all the doors, hatch and trunk after washing your car, and lock and unlock doors multiple times. This should be done as soon as possible to prevent freezing shut.
  • Using a car wash that does not use recycled water, wash the undercarriage frequently.
  • Road salt collects in pools of water. Avoid driving in puddles.
  • If a paint chip is larger than the tip of a pen, repair it as soon as possible to avoid rust corrosion.
  • To protect your car, apply wax to your car at least every 6-months.

With these great tips comes a few things that you may need our assistance with regarding keeping the inside of your vehicle salt free. We all know what the that can look like after a long winter of driving. Salt in the carpets, seat fabrics and interior panels. We always recommend a professional detailing of the inside of your car right after the salt trucks are parked for the season. This will ensure that your car is properly cared for and all interior salt is removed. It’s much tougher getting salt off the interior components of your car than it is the exterior. I think we can all agree on the fact that no one likes looking at salt stains inside their car either, our winters are long enough, we don’t have to be reminded of them when the sun is shining and our windows are down.

Consider booking a detailing with us, we can do it the same day as your winter tire change or schedule it separately and get your vehicle warm weather ready. The piece of mind knowing you’re investing in the long-term health of your car’s skeleton is just as important as scheduling maintenance on its engine.

Just like our own diets, reducing our salt intake can be of huge benefit to our health and happiness. Approach salt the same way with your car!