AFTER a big snowstorm, it’s natural to want to clean off your car to get the salt brine and residue off.
However, household cleaners are not the way to go.
AAA has a snow and ice removal sheet on their website, encouraging car owners what to do after a snowstorm.
Among other things, they advise against using household cleaners on your car.
This applies to the undercarriage of your car which is particularly sensitive to salt brine.
If the chemicals from the brine are not removed, it could loosen the undercarriage or even cause it to dissolve.
Bare metal left exposed to the elements could rust, which could cause significant damage to your vehicle.
Some household cleaners could strip cars of wax, which could make for another costly repair, so it’s a good idea to avoid these.
The best thing you can do to ensure no damage is sustained to your vehicle is to use a car wash-quality solution.
Find a car wash that will also clean the undercarriage of your vehicle.
But it’s best to wait until the storm has passed and the roads are mostly clear of snow and salt.
That way they’ll be able to clean your vehicle without the chance of additional salt brine finding its way into your car on the drive home.
You should also bring your vehicle to a car wash at the start of Spring, once all of the winter weather has passed to rid of salt brine and other residue.
AAA also recommends purchasing a de-icing spray to be used on the windshield, side windows, and mirrors of your car.
This can help speed the process of eliminating ice before you have to drive.
As a courtesy, it’s important to clear your vehicle of any snow, including on the roof, before driving.
Failing to do so could impair the ability of other drivers on the road and can pose dangerous conditions.