Has it been a while since you’ve taken a drive due to COVID-19?
With the current shelter-in-place restrictions, thousands of cars are sitting motionless in garages and driveways across the state. While staying home is the best way to stay safe for you and your family these days, a vehicle sitting parked for a long period of time might not be the best thing for your car. Here are several important steps drivers can take now to ensure their vehicles don’t deteriorate due to non-use during COVID-19.
Keep the battery charged
Car batteries charge automatically when you run the car during normal use. But when you’re not using your car for weeks or months at a time, the battery can easily die. Try hooking up a battery tender – a device that plugs into a standard AC outlet and transfers power to your battery to keep it operational over long periods of inactivity – to stabilize the battery and maintain an equal state of charge so the car won’t need to be jump started when normal life resumes.
Keep your vehicle clean
First and foremost, how clean is your car? Did you happen to leave some food inside? Make sure your car is clean from all snacks, beverages, food wrappers and debris so it doesn’t attract bugs or animals. If you can, vacuum your carpets as well. These steps will help prevent mildew and unpleasant odors from growing inside your vehicle.A car that is sitting idle for weeks at a time can also become a magnet for all kinds of creatures. If possible, keep your car parked inside a garage.
Take your car for a spin
You probably need to get out of the house anyway! Drivers should try to take their car for a 20-minute drive at least once a week. Driving will help keep the battery charged, prevent the tires from developing bald spots and keep the brake discs from growing rust.
Your car may not be taking you to work or to the mall these days, but these small steps will help keep it in excellent condition so it’s ready to go when the lockdown is over and normal life resumes.