How to Protect Your Car from Road Salt

Winter Tires

When the snow starts to fall, the ice trucks begin to make their rounds in the Streamwood and Schaumburg area. And while this measure is terrific for pedestrian safety, this corrosive de-icer can cause some issues with your vehicle. Want to know how to protect your car from road salt? It's not as difficult as you may think! Learn how to get the best car paint protection with Elgin Hyundai, and keep your car in pristine condition all season long.

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Keeping Your Car Clean

The longer road salt stays on your car, the more damage it can do. From rust to deterioration, you might be surprised by just how much harm a dusting of salt can accomplish! That's why it's important to keep your car as clean as possible during the winter months. Here are some tips for washing your car effectively in the cold:
  • Wash your car every 10 days or less to keep the layers of road salt at bay, but wait until temperatures are over 40 degrees for the best results.
  • Don't forget to rinse off the car's underside, where lots of salt can accumulate.
  • Try to wash your car early in the day to avoid the evening freezing temperatures.
  • Be sure to open and close all doors and the trunk to prevent locks from freezing shut.

Exploring Car Paint Protection

A good car wash is just half of the battle against road salt. A little extra TLC can go a long way toward protecting your car's gorgeous finish, so try a few of these tips out during the winter:
  • Keep an eye on your car paint throughout the season. If you notice any chips larger than the tip of a pen, get them repaired to prevent further damage.
  • Consider waxing your car before the first snow falls. This can act as a protective layer against dirt and debris.
  • Drive with caution on winter roads. That means avoiding standing puddles and deep snow.

Protect My Car with Elgin Hyundai

Still have questions on how to protect my car? Contact us at Elgin Hyundai, serving Streamwood and Schaumburg. While you're here, why not visit our tire center or learn how to take care of tires properly all year long!
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