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Salty roads and winter driving

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2019/12/06 07:48:07 (permalink)

Salty roads and winter driving

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My 964 is my main car so i tend to drive it through the year.  I'm getting a bit concerned i shouldn't be driving it when there is salt on the roads, what i was wondering was do any of you drive through winter?  Do you just avoid the few days when it is obviously icy/snowy and there is salt on the roads or best to lay up for a couple of months?  Is there any reliable way to tell when the roads are being or have been salted?  I tried googling and councils typically talk about their approach to salting but not timing when they are doing it.  I live in Teddington and driving between there and Surrey so fairly south.  I could waxoil underneath i know but now i have a quikjack was planning to tackle some of rust underneath so would prefer not to do that.
 
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Re: Salty roads and winter driving 2019/12/06 13:22:17 (permalink)
I avoid it, unless it is very dry.  Nothing like a cold Winter morning sunshine drive though.
 
My main problem is I'm too lazy to wash it afterwards, so I don't go out in the wet.

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Re: Salty roads and winter driving 2019/12/06 17:19:33 (permalink)
Looking very promising for much of the UK this weekend.  Plenty of recent rain to clear the salt followed by warm, windy weather.  I'm planning on a good run out, get it while you can.  
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Re: Salty roads and winter driving 2019/12/06 19:04:28 (permalink)
Driving 964s and a 993 for decades now my experience is that it´s better to stay away from the salt. These few days of not driving don´t really matter and the damage done by salt is no fun.
Even the salt on the road on a dry day damages all the alloy parts and all other surfaces underneath.
 
Stephen, you asked for thoughts. What about age? I´m definitely not young anymore. So, maybe I should drive all my cars -salt or not- every day as even with salt they might last longer than I will.
Just a thought - I´ll get my coat.
 
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Re: Salty roads and winter driving 2019/12/06 19:44:25 (permalink)
Thanks all though seems there isnt a concensus!  My thinking was stay off the roads if salted but it is hard to tell especially if they are dry so need a good way to test for that and dont fancy licking the road.  Maybe this weekend will be last drive for a while then till i find a reliable method of checking roads for salt.....
 
 
 
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Re: Salty roads and winter driving 2019/12/06 20:37:41 (permalink)
I agree with Hacki, salt to be avoided at all costs, even dry salt.  I once saw a gritter coming towards me and caused it to stop whilst I performed a U-turn in front of it and fled for home!
 
The only time I've knowingly driven my 964 in salt was en-route to the RS Day about ten years ago.
 
I acknowledge that OP's 964 is his main car.
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Re: Salty roads and winter driving 2019/12/06 20:39:20 (permalink)
I agree with Hacki, salt to be avoided at all costs, even dry salt.  I once saw a gritter coming towards me and caused it to stop whilst I performed a U-turn in front of it and fled for home!
 
The only time I've knowingly driven my 964 in salt was en-route to the RS Day about ten years ago.
 
I acknowledge that OP's 964 is his main car.
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Re: Salty roads and winter driving 2019/12/09 13:06:01 (permalink)
You convinced me to rest the car for the winter.  I got it out Saturday to go to see my folks and i could see i already had traces of salt on the bodywork so I’ve washed it underneath with a hose and I’m going to make other arrangements for the rest of the winter.  gives me chance to catch up on some of the tidying up i wanted to do at least.....
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