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Salt Keeps Roads Safe, but Wreaks Havoc on Your Car

BEAVERCREEK -- As the Ohio Department of Transportation and various communities scramble to replenish their salt supply, there is an upside to less salt on the roads. While road salt helps you travel safely it can be brutal to your car.

Salt residue can start doing permanent damage right away. The longer you leave it on, the worse it gets.

It may seem like a waste of money to wash your car with the constant snow, but it's actually worth every penny.

Prolonged exposure can corrode your undercarriage and salt residue can cause serious body damage.

"[The] cause of premature rust and it'll eat up the clear coat and the paint and eat at the metals," Josh Baldwin, Assistant Manager of AAA Tire & Auto Service, explained Thursday. "It's just nasty stuff. It does a lot of damage."

It's vital to wash off salt as soon as possible.

Baldwin says with their non-stop hours this winter, the last thing he wants is for you to have to bring your car in over something totally preventable.

"The snow doesn't have to be melted. Once the roads are drying and you're not going to keep getting salt thrown back on the vehicle it's great just to run it through the car wash real quick," Baldwin  added.

Josh says AAA typically receives about 300 calls on an average winter day. Today, they've received 500 and counting.

And roadside assistance isn't cutting it. The number of cars being towed in with serious mechanical problems is growing each day. But preventative care could keep your car out of the shop.

"It is very important to do these preventative maintenance items to avoid catastrophic failures and high-dollar repairs," Baldwin stressed. "If your coolant freezes the car is dead in the water you're not going to be doing anything with it let alone driving."

Check your fluids, battery and tire pressure. This preventative trifecta could keep you from calling for roadside assistance.

 
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