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Everything looks so pretty with the first snowfall of the season. All the trees, roads, and buildings are pristine and white. Then the daily activities of life mar those surfaces with road grime, exhaust, and road salt. The wide use of road salt has opened up transportation during the winter months, but not without costs. Find out why road salt causes rust and corrosion, how to prevent it, and if your car needs undercarriage sealant during the winter.   What Is Road Salt? During the winter months, the need for safer roads began in the late 1930s with ordinary people’s widespread use of automobiles. By the early 1940s, over 5,000 tons of road salt was being used annually on highways across the nation. Today estimates state over 20 million tons of road salt is used for deicing our nation’s highways, roads, and city streets. Formulas In Use Plenty of concerns swirls around the use of road salt. Too much salt has negative environmental factors, including aquatic life toxicity, plant life damage, and fertilization issues. Environmentalists are researching and developing other methods of deicing that are less hazardous. According to The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, there currently are many different types of deicers in use across...

Your tires are what connects your car to the road. Keeping your tires in good condition is a good practice. It is also more cost effective, because replacing tires before their time is expensive. Practice routine tire maintenance by frequently checking your tire pressure and tread wear (including the spare tire) to benefit the safety of yourself and all motorists. By following a few simple tips, you can protect your car tires from the summer heat, be safer on the road, and save yourself money in the long run. Tires Maintenance & Safety Tires Pressure Proper tire pressure is the #1 most important element of maintaining your tires. Having tires with the correct PSI gets you better gas mileage, tires last longer, and your car will handle better. Properly inflated tires also help reduce your risk of getting into a tire related accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that there are nearly 11,000 tire-related motor vehicle crashes each year and more than 600 people will die in those crashes. Remember, maintaining correct tire pressure could potentially save lives. What is PSI Also known as Tire Pressure, PSI (Per Square Inch) is the standard method in the US for measuring the air pressure in your...