EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — Has your red car turned white this winter? Thanks to the cold weather and snow. Many are finding their cars covered in salt.
The last few weeks have been frigid with snow and salt found everywhere. This can lead to problems that can often go unseen under your vehicle.
“It gets up into the crevices and can cause rust and corrosion. Especially in NEPA, we do have the harsher winters and there’s always salt on the ground,” said Ron McHale, manager at McCarthy Car Wash.
This can be frustrating for drivers to clean every time it snows.
“Salt is corrosive and it could accelerate the rusting process, but it’s essential for PennDOT to be able to utilize these tools in our toolbox to make sure we can maintain our roads safe and passable,” stated Jonathan Eboli, of PennDOT.
Warmer weather also plays a big role in rust forming on your vehicle.
“The salt gets up into the car and the temperatures do warm-up, you’re going to see a bit more activity in terms of the corrosion part under the vehicle,” explained McHale.
It can be found easily as roads are treated for winter with salt and brine.
“When we spray it on our roadways the water evaporates and the salt residue remains. And that’s what prevents the initial bond of ice and snow to our roads,” said Eboli.
So when the snow wraps up.
“The important thing is to wash regularly. Especially after a snowstorm, don’t wait for weeks to get the salt off. Get it off in a day or two, your car may get dirty in a day or two. But at least the salt from underneath your car isn’t going to be eating away at the components underneath,” explained McHale.
Officials also ask that you give trucks treating the roads plenty of room and not to get too close to the salt spray.