CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) - VDOT crews have been treating roads with salt and sand to help the ice melt. it makes driving much safer, but it can also damage your car.
Barry Moore, General Manager at Haley Buick GMC, says keeping your car clean after a storm is a must.
He's been in the car business for 30 years, and says salt and road chemicals could harm your car.
"It can rust rotors and corrode rotors, so you just want to wash that stuff off as soon as possible. If your car is moving it's going to keep burning off the chemicals against the rotors, brake pads coming down."
It can also start to dull the paint and shine, but Moore says most newer cars don't have to worry about that.
"The rust that we used to see in the frame and the rotting has really been taken care of by most--really every manufacturer as far as I know--that the frame and the door panels resist this kind of rust. They are treated very well."
He says the real concern is what could happen if the salt gets inside your car.
‘The chemicals can go up into the engine compartment. You do have to worry about that. It's going to go in the battery; it's going to go in the cable. And then also in your shoes, you're going to walk that stuff into your carpet of your car or truck, and that does affect it."
The best advice is to wash your car after the snow is gone and then do a detailed cleaning after winter season is over.
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