How to Prevent Road Salt Rust and Damage to Your Car

How to Prevent Road Salt Rust and Damage to Your Car

The winter season comes with ice and snow on the roads, which can be dangerous for travel. Local authorities try to combat this by gritting our roads with a combination of salt and sand to melt the snow and ice, thus lowering the chances of an accident occurring. However, the salt on the road raises concerns for car owners, as prolonged exposure can cause damages to the car. Rust forms when water and air combine to form a crust on your vehicle – the road salt accelerates the corrosion of the exposed metal parts. So, is there a way to prevent road salt causing rust and damage to your car? We speak to a car detailer who tells us exactly how we should be protection our vehicles in the winter.  

Wax your car

If you want to ensure your car has adequate protection, the best time to start is before the snow falls. Wash your car exterior and underneath thoroughly, then apply a coat of wax followed by a wax sealant to that the wax can adhere to the vehicle’s paint. When sealing the underside of the vehicle, it’s important to focus on the brake and fuel lines as they are extremely susceptible to corrosion and rust. If they are exposed to rust, chances are they will fail to work properly, and this could result in an accident. The best way to avoid this is to wax your vehicle at least every three months.

Wash the car regularly

Washing your vehicle regularly is one of the best ways of combating corrosion and rust on your vehicle - use hot water for washing as cold water will freeze your vehicle. When salt is left for a long duration on the surface of the vehicle, it will not only affect the finish but also start to impact negatively on its mechanics.

Use rubber mats on the floor

When getting into the car, your shoes will carry salty snow with them, which will melt and eventually cause rust on the carpet. To prevent this, lay some rubber mats on the floor and you’ll not only prevent rusty damage, but it will also make cleaning the interior easier.

Fix any scratches you see immediately

If your car gets scratches, make sure that you have them corrected right away as salty snow can cause the scratches to rust. You will be able to buy touch-up paints from stores such as Halfords, that you can apply to fill the paint chip.