Hidden Danger: Road Salt

Posted January 19, 2017

Why is salt used on icy roads? Here’s a hint: It’s the same reason salt is used to make ice cream!

This works because salt lowers the freezing point of water. When added to cream, it means you can create a frozen dessert that does not turn into solid ice in the freezer. On icy roads, it helps to melt the frozen ice even if temperatures are still below freezing.

Unfortunately, road salt can also lead to rust and corrosion on your vehicle’s undercarriage. When the saline mixture is splashed underneath your vehicle as you drive, you may not notice the salt building up on your vehicle’s body. Any exposed components, including the sub frame, exhaust, or brakes, are at risk.

On the roads in Holland, you may see a mixture of salt and sand. Sand can help provide extra traction for your tires, and reduce the amount of salt needed to keep cars safe on the roads. But it doesn’t completely reduce the risk of corrosion.

In order to remove salt collected on your vehicle, wash your car. When snow storms hit and fresh salt is added to the road, you’ll need to wash your car again. Opt for an undercarriage spray in order to remove the salt from beneath your vehicle.

When driving on slick roads, avoid areas where large amounts of salt can collect. Puddles often contain more salt from melted snow. Plow trucks remove snow collected on the roads, but they also distribute salt. Avoid following them too closely.

Finally, bring your vehicle to D’s Auto & Truck Repair for a winter inspection. Our experienced technicians will make sure your tires have enough tread to grip icy roads. We can also test your brakes, headlights, windshield wipers, and fluids to prepare your vehicle for winter.

Stop by our auto shop in Holland or you can request an appointment online.

Categories: Car Repair


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