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How To Protect Your Vehicle from Snow and Salt This Winter

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

The weather changes every year, and snowfall varies from region to region. In some places, it snows once or twice a year, whereas, in other areas, it happens several times per month. If you live where it snows regularly, you probably already know how to prepare your vehicle for the elements.

However, if you live somewhere where snowy seasons are coming up and you are unsure how to protect your car then we have some tips for you.

Cleaning Off Salt

If a vehicle is not properly maintained, salt and other road debris will accumulate on its exterior surfaces. Salt is very corrosive, and it will eat away at the paint job. Therefore, you should clean off the salt as soon as possible. If you are unable to wash your car immediately after driving in the snow, then use a towel or cloth to wipe off any visible particles of dirt or debris.

Be sure to utilize the appropriate products to address areas during initial clean-up stages.

Adding Protection to Your Vehicle

As for adding protection to your vehicle, there are many options. You can use a wax or ceramic coating on your vehicle. You can cover your vehicles with a cover that is meant for cooler weather conditions. Here are a few we recommend:

  1. Car Cover Material: A good car cover should be made from a breathable material. This allows for airflow to escape so that moisture does not build up on your vehicle when it is covered.

  2. Hylomar: The Hylomar cover is made of a waterproof material that will keep your vehicle protected from the elements. This cover also has UV protection, so it will help to prevent your vehicle from fading in the sun.

  3. Gibson: The Gibson cover is another popular option that keeps your vehicle protected from snow and rain while still allowing air flow through the material.


Wax and Ceramic Coating Options

Ceramic coating and waxing are two options for protecting your vehicle through outdoor conditions during the winter.

Here are some things to consider when choosing between them:

Ceramic coatings provide protection against rust and corrosion, while waxes can wear away relatively quickly. Waxes are easier to apply than ceramic coatings, but ceramic coatings can last up to three times longer. Waxing is a good option if you want to maintain your vehicle’s appearance without spending too much time on it.

High-Quality Detailing Products for Winter

Having high-quality detailing products can help protect your vehicle from severe damage caused during weather conditions in the winter.

For people who need severe protection or little to no damage from salt, water and debris over the next few months or years, a high-quality car wax or ceramic coating is highly recommended. Depending on the type of coating, the exterior of a vehicle can be protected for up to 7 years. Contact us for a FREE QUOTE on a ceramic coating before the winter weather settles in.

Remove Wet Leaves and Debris

After a storm, it’s important to remove any leaves or debris that may have accumulated on your vehicle. If you don’t, they could dry out and cause damage over time. Use a leaf blower or broom to remove all of the debris from your car before starting the cleaning process.

Consistent Detailing Services

Regular cleaning, protection and maintenance can help keep your vehicle in good condition year-round. We recommend at least a full detail every four months. This allows us to remove dirt, debris and harmful contaminants from your car’s exterior while also restoring protection and shine to your paint job. However, if you live in an area that receives significant amounts of rain or snow throughout the year—or if you have pets or small children—we recommend scheduling a detail every two to three months instead.

Hopefully, you now feel prepared to protect your vehicle from the worst damage caused by winter. If the temperature falls below 32 degrees and the skies turn grey, don't hesitate to take this tips into action.

Remember, getting your car ready for winter is a preventative measure that can save you time and money—and keep you safe on the road this winter. It doesn't matter whether you live in a sunny southern climate or an upstate town that gets nuked with snow every winter. These tips will help all car owners deal with snowy roads so they can protect their vehicle against dangerous damage no matter where they live.


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