Heavy salt use on roads this winter is bad news for vehicles

CREATED Jan 24, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - Salt helps keep drivers safe, but it can also do a number on your vehicle.

"You can have corrosion on rims and leaky tires because of the cold temperatures.  A lot of people don't wash their vehicles too often and you can get a lot of corrosion in the wiring," said Todd Menzel, C.O.O. of Prairie Land Towing, which operates in Milwaukee and Madison. 
 
Your best bet is to keep your vehicle clean, but make sure you do it on a day when it's sunny and relatively warm. 
 
"If it's going to be in the 20s, take an opportunity to wash your vehicle because the next day, if it drops down to below zero or in the teens you don't want to be going through the car wash.  As soon as you get out of the car wash, the water is going to instantly start freezing."
 
Drivers should pay special attention to headlights and taillights. 
 
"A lot of times, your headlights and taillights will get covered with the amount of salt that goes on, it adheres to the vehicle's plastics," explained Menzel.