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A simple car wash can protect your vehicle from corrosive, de-icing materials

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The recent double shot of snow in Alabama has car washes bustling with business. Spiffy Car Wash on McFarland Boulevard was snowed under with cars.

"Right after the snow storm we got real busy just because everybody's cars got dirty," Daniel McCullum, the owner said. "It's from them throwing all the dirt on the bridges."

Some cities and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) put down a mixture of sand and salt on the roads to prevent drivers from sliding around. And that salt can do a number on your car if you don't clean it off.

"The salt can start corroding up underneath your car," McCullum said.

McCullum tells FOX6 if salt is on the roads, you should get your car washed as soon as you can after the snow event to prevent rust. Also don't forget to wash underneath. You can also wax your car to help protect its finish.

In Tuscaloosa, TDOT crews put down sand instead of salt. TDOT says the salt degrades the road's infrastructure.

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