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How To Prevent Rust From Road Salt in Morristown Winters

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While drivers are usually locked in on the typical winter road hazards–things like ice, low visibility, and snow–road salt is often overlooked as a danger to your vehicle. If left untreated, the salt that plow trucks drop can rust the undercarriage of your car and seriously hinder its ability to perform like you expect it to.

If you’ve already noticed rust forming on your car, you can schedule an appointment with our Subaru service center in Morristown.

Get Ahead Of The Game

Most salt-induced vehicle rust can be avoided by taking some precautionary steps in the weeks leading up to winter, before the temperatures really start to drop.

While the undercarriage is the part of your vehicle at the most risk, giving your car a full coat of wax on the exterior can only help in letting the salt and wet just slide right off. Once your car looks shiny and new, you can pretreat the undercarriage of the vehicle; many shops offer an oil solution pre-treatment that helps prevent salt and water from clinging on to the exposed metal parts that will be the first to rust.

Most notably, getting a pre-winter inspection from a mechanic is a great way to prep for the winter months. Cold weather is one of the biggest enemies of your car, and any essential parts with wear and tear should be replaced or fixed before winter rolls around to ensure you are giving your car a head start.

Looking for a place to get your car inspected? Morristown drivers can visit our Subaru service center, which accommodates a wide range of makes and models.

Subaru driving through snow

What To Do During Winter

Even with all those precautionary steps, it’s still important to be aware of salt while you’re driving around in the winter. The best thing you can do is to avoid puddles and plow trucks. Puddles tend to hold large amounts of salt that will splash up into the undercarriage, and plow trucks dropping fresh salt pose the biggest threat to your car’s exterior.

After a snowstorm, be sure to get your car washed to shake any excess salt off. Choose a car wash that offers the option to spray underneath your vehicle to make sure your entire car is covered.

No other brand loves winter as much as Subaru. Contact us today to learn about our full lineup of new Subarus.

NJ Steps Up to the Plate for the Subaru Loves Learning Initiative

Subaru has long valued the importance of education and continues to take opportunities to prove it! Since starting the Subaru Loves Learning initiative, Subaru and its retailers have donated over 70,000 award-winning science books to schools across the nation. In NJ specifically, the Subaru Loves Learning initiative is in full throttle: Subaru helps support the Garden State Discovery Museum and is partnered with the Center for Aquatic Sciences and the Kingsway Learning Center.

Subaru Loves Learning

The Garden State Discovery Museum is a hands-on, fun, and imaginative educational experience. The Center for Aquatic Sciences promotes the understanding and appreciation of aquatic life through education and youth development programs. And finally, the Kingsway Learning Center is a special education center devoted to the needs of children with multiple developmental and learning disabilities.

It’s clear that Subaru dealerships throughout NJ are standing up for education. If you value the future, you should invest in the youth. If our dedication to learning has you intrigued, see why a Subaru might be perfect for all of your New Jersey expeditions.

How Subaru of Morristown Shows its Dedication to Learning

Subaru of Morristown is a proud supporter of The Children’s Institute. The Children’s Institute has been developing children’s academic, social, behavioral, and career skills for over 50 years. Subaru of Morristown’s last donation was in the amount of $5,000!

Subaru's dedication to education

We at Subaru of Morristown are not only partnered with The Children’s Institute but also the Morris Center YMCA and the Goryeb Children’s Hospital. It’s not enough to offer a family car (spacious with high safety ratings), we must prove our dedication to the family structure; from academic support to basic child care, we at Subaru of Morristown practice what we preach. Check out our new Subaru Models to consider investing in a car company that cares.

If you’re interested in learning more about Subaru’s dedication to learning or have any questions for Subaru of Morristown, contact us at (888) 892-3239.

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Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners

The summer season is a great opportunity to spend time hanging out with your four-legged friends, especially if you’re the outdoorsy type. The high temperatures that come with summer can be potentially dangerous, though, so always be sure to remember how pets handle the heat differently and to plan ahead!

Staying Hydrated

While this one might be fairly obvious, that doesn’t make it any less important. You know the importance of drinking plenty of water when the temperature goes up, and the same is true of pets. Whether you’re home or away, be sure to provide your pets with plenty of water. You can bring a bowl along with you, or check out specialty options made specifically for giving your dog water on-the-go.

Bringing water along for dogs

Travel Appropriately

No matter how you’re traveling, keep your pet in mind. If you’re driving somewhere, never leave your pet in the vehicle unattended. Even if your pet has water or the air conditioning is on, the unexpected can lead to disaster and things can go wrong in the blink of an eye. If you need to stop, bring your pup inside with you or leave a human in the car to keep an eye on things.

Traveling with pets

Don’t Go Overboard

Hikes, runs, and walks are all great ways to spend time getting fit with Fido, but not when the temperature is extreme. If it’s too hot out, it’s best to limit exercise to short trips in the shade for your dog to do her business–save the hike for a cooler day.

Also, don’t forget how hot sidewalks and pavement can get in the sun. If it’s uncomfortable for you to press your back of the hand to the walkway for an extended period of time, it’s too hot for your dog to be out walking on it.

Watch the Humidity

Lastly, don’t forget that your dog handles heat differently than you do. While dogs do sweat a bit (mostly through their paws), panting is a big part of how they cool down. When it’s humid, panting is less effective. Be sure to keep an eye on your dog’s temperature on hot and humid days, and don’t hesitate to visit the vet if you suspect your pet may be overheating or suffering from heatstroke. It’s always better to be safe than sorry in these situations!

For more information on how to make the most of your summer with your pets, or if you’re after a new vehicle for all of your adventures together, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown online or to call us directly at (866) 910-3466 today.

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