It’s that time of year again. The snow has started to fall and everyone, including their cars, are feeling the effects of the cold weather. Corrosion is something all cars fear, and it is hard to avoid with all the salt, dirt and snow that winter brings. Thankfully there are many useful and simple precautions that can be used to prevent corrosion from happening and spreading.
Washing your car once a month is the first step to preventing corrosion. In the winter months, it is suggested to increase this amount to once a week, due to all the salt on the roads. Every time you wash your car, be sure to thoroughly wash beneath the car as well, for this is where most of the salt and dirt will build up.
Waxing your car regularly is another great way to prevent corrosion from happening. Plan on waxing your car at least 2 times a year, and maybe an extra time come the winter months. Also, it is important to check the drain plugs regularly and clean out any leaves, dirt, or build up that may be there. Blocked drains allow for water to collect and rust to begin forming.
The exterior of the car may be the focus when avoiding corrosion, but the interior is just as important. If there are any spills or moisture collecting within the car, clean the areas as soon as possible. Keeping the inside of the car dry is key to keeping it from rusting.
A car can begin to rust at any time, so it is important to check for rust regularly. If a spot is found, clean it immediately. You can apply anti-rust products to the problem areas, and apply it each time you wash the car, to prevent further corrosion.