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Moved to Alberta. How to deal with so much rock and gravel on the road?

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Moved to Alberta. How to deal with so much rock and gravel on the road?

I just recently moved to Alberta from BC. Also moved with my near brand new car (6 months old, 7000 km). Never knew we had it so good in BC. The roads are....crap. Potholes everywhere, and all the rock, gravel and sand on the road make me think I'm driving on unpaved roads. How to best protect the exterior of my car, other than frequent washing? Any tips or advice would be appreciated.
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Wrap the front of the car with 3M foil. The bumper, hood, A-pillars, mirrors. I was in the same position last year, my car was in perfect condition before moving here, after only one winter there are rock chips all over. You either protect your car or learn not to care.
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ilove wrote:
Jan 26th, 2016 1:47 am
I just recently moved to Alberta from BC. Also moved with my near brand new car (6 months old, 7000 km). Never knew we had it so good in BC. The roads are....crap. Potholes everywhere, and all the rock, gravel and sand on the road make me think I'm driving on unpaved roads. How to best protect the exterior of my car, other than frequent washing? Any tips or advice would be appreciated.
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Get used to it, lol. For rock chips 3M protection helps. If you like having a nice windshield expect to replace it yearly or semi yearly.
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get ready for yearly windsheild changes.
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Hahaha...the roads are bad! Calgary roads are pristine compared to Winnipeg...there are so few potholes and heaves here it almost matches the US of A for road conditions. There are definitely a ***** ton of rocks being tossed around here; I don't know what it is about the stones, but your windshield and front bumper/hood will get chipped. The roads themselves are definitely in very good condition though.
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I've always wrapped my cars in 3M when I buy them.

I also expect to replace my windshield every 1-2 years.
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Jan 26th, 2016 12:02 pm
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Gravel is a fact of life here, ice salt only works down to -15 to -20c so gravel is the fallback.

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ilove wrote:
Jan 26th, 2016 1:47 am
I just recently moved to Alberta from BC. Also moved with my near brand new car (6 months old, 7000 km). Never knew we had it so good in BC. The roads are....crap. Potholes everywhere, and all the rock, gravel and sand on the road make me think I'm driving on unpaved roads. How to best protect the exterior of my car, other than frequent washing? Any tips or advice would be appreciated.
3M film on the front of the car. You will also end up with windshield chips, so get them repaired quickly once they happen.

This is the curse of living somewhere that actually has winter. You get the nasty freeze-thaw cycles that cause potholes along with the need for lots of sand and gravel. :)

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