Is brine eating away at your vehicle?

Posted at 11:25 PM, Feb 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-23 23:25:06-05

Virginia Beach, Va. - Brine, a liquid spray of salt and water, can eat away at your car. Road crews use it to help pretreat the roads during winter storms.

The solution is corrosive, according to Dr. Bob Baboian from the National Association of Corrosion Engineers. The spray can splash under cars during storms, eating away at the metal.

Local drivers say they'd like to see a less damaging treatment. "I don't think it's necessary on the roads," said Jim Graham, who got his car washed in Virginia Beach. "It's probably not good for the paint."

The cost of using brine is much cheaper than alternatives, according to Baboian. Drivers can help get rid of it by washing their cars after storms, including under the cars.