How to Protect Your Vehicle from Salt on Minneapolis Roads in the Winter

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Each changing season in Minnesota means a change in driving habits and car care.  As winter comes on here, we now have to cope with road salt.  Ever wonder why salt is plentiful on Minneapolis roads in the winter months? When it comes to leaving your home, warming up your car and then hitting the road when it is cold out, salt is what is going to keep the roads clear and safe for your journey. Both salt and other road de-icers such as sand are spread on the roads when there is a snow or ice storm. The salt works as a reactor to lower the freezing point of water. The sand is what holds the salt in place to work its magic and adds traction to the roads. While salt is a good thing when it comes to being safer on the road, it can also be the leading cause of body andunder-car damage unless you’re prepared for the salt. If you have to wind through the roads that are full of salt, take some of these tips in mind to keep you and your vehicle prepared.  

How to Plan for Dealing with Road Salt Before Winter Hits

In order to keep your vehicle safe, you should do a little maintenance before the first snow falls.

  • In the fall, make sure to completely wash your vehicle, including underneath it. Make sure to wash it throughout the winter time as well. The cleaner, the better.
  • Seal underneath your vehicle. Make sure to clean the brake and fuel lines. This protects against any corrosion that might happen.
  • Apply a thick layer of wax to protect the outside of the vehicle and a sealant to keep the wax on the vehicle.

Want to Know How to Clean Road Salt Off Your Car at Home?

If you’re not able to make it to a car wash, try out some of these tips when washing your vehicle on your own.

  • Wear waterproof gloves.
  • Use a high pressure nozzle on a garden home to spray down the entire vehicle.
  • Make sure to remove any caked on mud and debris.
  • Use warm water and soap to clean everything. The soap should be made for car washing. Use a soft towel to wash with so scratches are not given to the surface of the vehicle.
  • Baking soda can help to remove salt that is caked on to the vehicle, add a few tablespoons to the wash mix in order to remove the salt.
  • Rinse the vehicle thoroughly to remove all salt, mud, debris and soap that was used.
  • Make sure to thoroughly dry the outside of the vehicle using a soft cloth.
  • Add a protectant over the outside of the vehicle.

Consider having a 3M clear auto bra or Xpel performance wrap installed to cut down on any damage that can be done to the paint during the winter months. And application of Scotchgard carpet and upholstery protectants can cut down on salt damage inside your vehicle, too.  Talk with us here at SkipChips to find out how we can provide you with the best protection against the harshness of Minnesota driving.