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Preventing salt from damaging your car

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Preventing salt from damaging your car
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When it starts to snow outside and the salt trucks come out that may be great for driving on the road, but that salt can actually do damage to your car. Salt does have its positives, but it also has it negatives as the Car Coach Lauren Fix explains.

We live in a state where it snows, and with the snow comes salt and damage to your interior carpets, floor mats and the outside of your vehicle as well.

Road salt is used to create a lower freezing temperature on road surfaces, leading to less ice on roadways. While this salt can save countless lives during snowstorms, it could also shorten the life of your car."

"Most of the rust happens on the underside of vehicles, on the rims, produce pitting, stuff of that nature. But as far as paint surfaces go, or anything that's clear coated, a great step is to just throw wax on the vehicle," said Ryna Riegel of Buffalo Car Care.

"Common salt, sodium chloride, is the primary deicing chemical used. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) reports that it uses an average of 950,000 tons of salt annually.

When salt is on the road, washing your car is a major factor in battling corrosion and maintaining the value of your car. Salt that remains on a vehicle surface and undercarriage for any length of time can damage your car's clear finish, promote rust and rust the parts underneath."

"From our experiences from detailing cars, the most prone spots that most people miss, for a lot of do it yourself car washers is door jams. So at the end of you washing cars, a lot of salt falls in the cracks.

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