Why are Japanese imports so clean?
Rust? What rust?
If you're like me, and have spent far too many hours gawking at Japanese auctions for classic, 80's and 90's era models, you'll have noticed a trend - that a many (not all, of course) are exceptionally clean, and don't tend to suffer from the same rust problems that we get elsewhere in the western world.
How can this be? Lets take a look at the UK. Winter comes round, local councils deploy the salt hounds which spray salt in such a bonkers manner that some probably ends up in the cracks of your living room sofa. Probably. Might want to keep that in case of Brexit (couldn't resist!).
It's also this time of year that those of us who have the luxury of ample garage space, store away our pride and joy for the winter while we drive around in something far more sensible, and usually newer too. After all, you'd be mad to let your shiny set of wheels get all that salt stuck underneath, or worse, end up on YouTube badly attempting to drift around a roundabout. Don't do that.
Similar things happen in Canada and parts of the USA known as the "rust belt". Winter comes, unleashes absolute havoc on anything metal (and usually anything human too), and we're all left to foot the expensive repair bill at the bodyshop. Or even worse, end up in a junkyard somewhere while manufacturers convince us to buy their shiny new model that doesn't harm trees and fields of daisies.
Bring in the Japanese. They use a fairly simple, though intuitive system of sprinklers on both walk ways and main roads, in order to clear away snow. It's demonstrated fairly well in this video below:
Main roads have these built in on kerbs, facing horizontally.
This is not a universal solution, as some smaller towns still rely on salt spreading to get around during the winter. But considering how environmentally friendly it is, as well as preserving our precious pieces of metal and rubber, it's a wonder why more countries have yet to adapt such a system.
But then again, the Japanese are far more advanced than just clearing away frozen H20.