Drivers beware — follow this key tip to keep your family safe

Posted Dec 20th, 2018

Drivers beware — follow this key tip to keep your family safe

Keeping a car rust-free not only keeps it looking good, but also makes it safer to operate, especially if you keep rust away from the rarely seen under-surfaces of the car.


(NC) Between daily shuttling to school and work, family road trips, and our harsh Canadian weather, your vehicle works hard to power your lifestyle. That’s why it’s so important to make sure it’s running smoothly and safely by protecting it from rust.

Keeping a car rust-free not only keeps it looking good, but also makes it safer to operate, especially if you keep rust away from the rarely seen under-surfaces of the car.

“Corrosion on your vehicle’s underbody may not matter cosmetically, but it can represent a safety issue,” explains Craig Shuttleworth, marketing director at Krown. “Specifically, the vehicle frame which when compromised by corrosion can cause life-threatening failure in the event of a vehicle accident is a real concern.”

The underbody of your car is subjected to a greater exposure of dirt, gravel, water and harsh road chemicals than its upper body panels, so it’s where corrosion is greatest. A recent study by engineering researchers at the University of Windsor found that unprotected cars had 3.6 times more corrosion on their underbodies than those  that were protected with  Krown Rust Protection.

The findings back up other research that found that rust starts on the inside of body panels and at spot welds and joints where moisture collects and doesn’t drain. Corrosion does its damage invisibly over many years before making its way to the surface, where it makes its presence known as blisters or perforations.

The likelihood of spotting corrosion on underbody surfaces is lower because most car owners never see them. That’s why automotive experts say that when anyone works on the underside of your car, whether it be to change the tires or the oil, you should ask them to inspect for signs of corrosion. For additional peace of mind, they add that you should apply regular rust protection to those areas to delay any corrosion.

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