A car wash goes a long way during winter weather

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- It's the winter that doesn't seem to want to end in the Tennessee Valley.

Another winter storm moving in Thursday means more crews will be out treating roadways. Salt is used to melt ice on roadways and sidewalks because it lowers the freezing point of water-- meaning that even below 32 degrees, the treated surface still has a chance to melt.

Salt bouncing off the road and up into the undercarriage of your vehicle threatens to corrode important parts over time, if ignored.

Ronnie Brown with Lee's Magic Tunnel says getting the underbody of the vehicle cleaned is the number one thing people ask for when they come in after a winter storm.

Salt won't rust out your vehicle overnight, but a build-up of rust over a length of time can make it more difficult for mechanical work to be done on your car or truck.

Snow and ice have plagued a large part of the southeast U.S. this winter, so if you've traveled outside the Valley, you may have been through an area where salt has been on the roads.

Something else to keep in mind-- most car washes stay open even when temperatures drop. Brown says he has operated his facility when it was as cold as 14 degrees, so don't let the cold weather keep you from keeping your car clean.