How to Protect Your Vehicle from Road Salt This Winter

    As Canadian winter continues, many regions face snow and icy roads. While road salt helps keep our streets safe, it can significantly damage our vehicles if not protected. Let’s find out some ways you can protect your vehicle from the negative effects of road salt this winter! 

    Understanding Road Salt

    Road salt, typically in the form of sodium chloride or calcium chloride, is spread across roads to melt snow and ice, improving traction for vehicles. However, as vehicles drive over roads with this salt, it can accumulate on the undercarriage, wheel wells, and body panels of cars. Over time, the salt residue can lead to corrosion, rust, and damage to your vehicle’s metal components, brakes, and suspension. 

    Tips for Protecting Your Vehicle

    1. Regular Washes:

    Frequently washing your car, especially during winter months, is the best way to remove road salt and prevent corrosion. Pay particular attention to washing the undercarriage and wheel wells because this is where salt tends to accumulate. 

    2. Wax and Sealant:

    Another option is applying a coat of wax or sealant to your vehicle’s exterior. This acts to create a protective barrier against road salt and moisture on the exterior of your vehicle 

    3. Undercoating:

    Undercoating involves applying a protective coating to the underside of your vehicle to shield it from road salt and other corrosive elements.  

    4. Rust Inhibitors:

    Rust inhibitors, available in spray or liquid form, can be applied to vulnerable areas of your vehicle to prevent corrosion. Focus on areas prone to rust, such as door edges, rocker panels, around wheels, and the undercarriage. 

    5. Garage Parking:

    Whenever possible, park your vehicle in a garage or covered area to shield it from exposure to road salt and harsh winter weather conditions. 

    Protecting your vehicle from road salt during winter months is essential for preserving its appearance and performance in the long run. By following these preventive measures and staying up to date with maintenance, you can protect your vehicle and be worry-free during harsh winter conditions. Contact Birchwood to book a service or detailing appointment to protect your vehicle this winter! 


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