While road salt may save countless lives from icy accidents, it does take its toll on a vehicle’s paintwork and exterior trim.
“Road salt can speed the corrosion of unprotected paintwork, as well as damage exposed plastic and rubber surfaces,” says industry expert Paul Caller from Autoglym, the maker of premium car care products and a sponsor of Be Car Care Aware. “A thorough wash, followed by the application of a quality polish or wax, is highly advisable given the unusually high volume of salt now lingering on roads.”
Car Care Canada recommends washing your vehicle with a formulated car wash to gently remove salt and grime and then applying polish or wax to ensure your vehicle has long-lasting protection from the elements.
During the winter months, road-spray can quickly build up on headlights and windows. Make sure to clean your vehicle’s exterior glass to help maintain good visibility.
Here are some other tips:
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Car Care Canada is a non-profit advocacy group that offers research, consumer education and information about the Canadian automotive aftermarket industry.