With 10 weeks of winter remaining, you have most likely already chosen to store your prized vehicle at one of JP Logistic’s guarded storage facilities, or you have decided to weather the elements as is — hopefully you have a spare vehicle to drive around in as the temperatures plunge.
Regardless of what you drive from day to day, your vehicle will inevitably be exposed to the potentially damaging conditions of your local roadways. No, we’re not talking about accidents…
At the moment this article was originally published, winter storm Helena is making its way east, blanketing the United States in snow faster than we can write these words. That means road crews everywhere will be laying down salt and cinders to keep drivers from sliding around the roads; unfortunately, these materials can also damage cars, unless dealt with properly. Thus, today we are talking about the importance of a winter car wash once the storm has passed.
Quite simply: prolonged exposure to road salt can cause components of your vehicle to corrode.
While drivers typically only see the effects of salt on their vehicle’s painted exterior (it just doesn’t look good), the true danger these materials pose to your vehicle are actually on the underside. Below your vehicle, just inches above the road, glides some of the most important pieces that make a vehicle function: the frame, brake cables, exhaust system, gasoline tank, etc. Typically, none of these components are shielded or coated as a means to defend against the elements. That means all of that dirt and grime you drive over can easily pummel these unprotected pieces of metal, leaving them wide open to corrosion year after year.
So how can you prevent detrimental corrosion? Simple; just like we wash our bodies regularly, your vehicle deserves the same care — thus, it is imperative that you develop a weekly winter car wash routine.
Yes, by now you may be thinking: Why do I need to wash my car every week? Isn’t that a bit overkill?
Not at all!
Consider this: after road crews have laid down salt and cinders, these materials will remain on the asphalt until one of several things happens: either the street sweeper cleans them up or a strong rain washes them away. Arguably, either of these scenarios could take weeks or even months to happen following a deep freeze, and even once the salt is removed, residual materials could remain scattered throughout your daily route. That means your car is exposed to these corrosive chemicals repeatedly for at least six months of the year — if that isn’t a formula for long-term vehicle damage, we’re not sure what is.
As a result, a winter car wash routine that cleanses both the exterior and underside of your vehicle is the best option for those who wish to properly care for their vehicles.