Winter and Rust: What You Need to Know

Car rust

car rust in the winterDuring winter, one of the biggest problems of many car owners is rust. Not only is it unsightly, but it also weakens your vehicle’s structure and compromises your and your passengers’ safety.

Aside from the snow and excessive moisture on the air, one of the most common reasons why cars develop rust during winter is because of the salt that are scattered on the icy roads during this season. When driving your car over these roads, there is a high likelihood that the salt on the road will get stuck to your car, specifically the underside. These salt, and their chemical components will start reactions that lead to rusting.

Although you cannot control snow, nor can you stop the government from spreading salt on the streets, there are some things that you can do in order to prevent rust from ruining your car.

The first is to make sure that your shoes are as dry as possible before you enter your car. Shake your boots to remove the snow that got stuck in them, or kick the tires for more stubborn snow. This is because you do not want to wet the car’s carpet or mat, which easily absorbs the melted snow from your boots and causes rust to start on the floor. If you have rubber matting, it may be a good idea to start using them. Now, it can be difficult to get rid of all the snow in your shows, but at least you’ve minimized the chances of rust developing on your car’s floor.

In addition, if your car has drain holes, it is a good idea to inspect and clean them to avoid the water from forming a pool on the floor.

There are also issues about washing cars in winter – isn’t water supposed to cause rust, especially during winter? Well, not really. See, you only have your car washed when the temperature is above freezing point, or else you risk damaging your car. After cleaning though, you need to make sure that it is completely dry. The warm weather should be able to help dry your car out. In addition, be sure to have the underside of your car sprayed to remove the salt and grime there. If the weather stays above freezing point, then you should consider having your car washed at least weekly.

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