From cold temperatures to snow, slush and ice, winter weather can do a number on the roads and highways we drive on. To keep the roads safe for travel, our local road commissions do a commendable job of making the roads passable by plowing the snow away and applying salt to combat ice buildup.
While salt is good for breaking up and melting ice on the road, it’s not good for your vehicle. Highly corrosive, salt can erode key components of your vehicle including your braking system. Read on to learn what steps you can take to ensure that your brakes are in top operating condition for a winter full of traveling on snow and ice-covered roads.
KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR BRAKES
Throughout the winter, monitor your brakes carefully for any signs of damage or wear. As you drive on snowy and icy roads, salt, dirt and grime can build up underneath your car. This buildup can affect all parts of your vehicle’s braking system. These parts include:
Check out this article to learn what to look for and how to perform a visual inspection of your brakes.
Also keep a careful watch under your car for any signs of brake fluid leaks. Corroding brake lines can leak, which can lead to a brake failure. If you see any leaks or detect any changes in the feel of your brake pedal, immediately take your vehicle to a mechanic who can diagnose and fix the problem.
A stuck emergency brake is something else to be aware of. Like the other parts of your vehicle’s braking system, salt and dirt can build up and cause your emergency brake to fail. If this happens to you, your mechanic will be able to get it working again.