March 06, 2015

The images of record snowfall and paralyzing ice storms may linger for quite some time. Yes, the 2014-15 winter season has been one for the record books across much of the country. However, while snow and ice dominated the headlines it may be the salt and brine used to combat those elements that leave a costly mark on vehicles.

According to AAA, the saltwater solution combined with the acidity of magnesium chloride used to clear roads can eventually eat away at the undercarriage of vehicles. The result? Motorists spend $6.5 billion in repairs related to salt and brine damage each year.

Recently, Service King technician Daryl Wooden spoke with WKRN News in Nashville about the importance of inspecting vehicles for salt and brine corrosion.

“A small preventive repair now could save you an extensive repair in the future,” Wooden said.

To avoid these costly repairs, drivers are encouraged to wash their vehicles as soon as possible after traveling on roadways treated with salt and brine. This small step helps remove the solution before it has an opportunity to cause damage and helps prevent further damage long after winter has past.

Drivers are also encouraged to inspect other areas of their vehicles as the winter months wind down. The harsh weather takes a toll on all areas of vehicles and its best to be proactive in protecting your car from more expensive repairs down the road. Simple preventative steps include checking:

    • Tire pressure

    • Wiper blades

    • Oil and filter

    • Batteries and plugs

    For more safety tips, be sure to check out the Destination Safety page here.

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