Winter is no driver’s favorite time of year. Roads become slick and more dangerous. This is why salt is such an important help for those on the road during the cold months of the year. Salt, or sodium chloride, helps make the roads more passable after the snow flies, but it is also a double edged sword because over time it can damage your truck. That is why Waspy’s offers a state-of-the-art truck and trailer wash at our Audubon, IA location.
Salt Damage, Explained
Most people would agree that we are grateful for road salt over the winter driving months. We still have to travel despite the snow and ice, and salt makes that possible. While salt is very effective in melting snow and ice, it also has a rather negative effect on vehicles, especially areas that have exposed metal. Sodium Chloride causes a chemical reaction that leads to corrosion. So the undercarriage of your car, truck, SUV, semi, or trailer is most most exposed and therefore at highest risk. If not washed off, over time, salt can be detrimental to the body and frame of a vehicle.
How to Protect Your Vehicle
There are some things that you can do to protect your vehicle before and during the winter months:
- If you notice chips, scrapes, and rusty spots, get them repaired prior to winter. These areas are at high risk for damage due to salt exposure.
- When driving in snow and ice, keep your distance from other drivers. Spray coming from their tires will have excess salt that will be deposited on your vehicle.
- Most importantly, get regular washes. This goes for all types of vehicles, from small cars up to the largest semis. If you live or drive through snow, a wash once a week will protect your vehicle.
Get Your Truck and Trailer Wash at Waspy’s
Waspy’s Truck and Trailer Wash is a state-of-the-art truck and trailer wash facility located on the Waspy’s Truck Stop Complex in Audubon, Iowa. We offer trailer rinses, bio-secure washes, disinfectants, aluminum brighteners and more. This facility offers a quality, high power wash that will remove salt residue and can keep all surfaces, including your high risk undercarriage from damage. Our hours of operation are:
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 7:30 am to 11:00 pm
Saturday: 7:30 am to Noon
Come by and visit us this winter. We are here for you, and your truck (or car, SUV, trailer and more!) If you would like to learn more about Waspy’s and our amenities and services, visit our Facebook page, or see informative videos on our YouTube channel!
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