As shelter-in-place orders are still in effect and many people are working from home, you may not be driving your car as frequently as you typically do. But, cars are meant to be driven. And a car parked for extended periods may need maintenance and parts to run smoothly again.
To keep your car in working condition, here are our top tips:
Drive each of your vehicles at least once a week for 20 minutes or longer to ensure that the battery stays charged. Driving also keeps your brakes from developing rust. If you only take one of our tips, this is the MOST important!!
2. Keep it Clean
Check for any food, trash, beverages, or disinfectant wipes left behind in your vehicle. Take some time and vacuum the carpet. These steps can reduce the risks of mildew and unpleasant odors from developing. Drive through an automated car wash or hand wash and wax your vehicle at home to keep the paint and exteriors fresh.
3. Air it Up
Cars that are stationary for a prolonged period are also at risk of developing flat spots on their tires. Taking your car for a brief drive can help prevent this, but you can also add a little extra air to your tires if you know your car won’t be moving for a bit.
4. Parking Safety
If you park outside, try to avoid parking under a tree as springtime debris can get caught in your car’s ductwork and harm your blower motor. Covered parking is best for your paint job and interior. If you have to park in the sun, use a windshield sunshade to protect your dash. If it’s been a while since you’ve driven, take a moment to look under the hood and in the trunk to make sure an animal isn’t nesting in your car, especially if you park outside.
5. Save on Insurance
If you’ll be driving your car a lot less for the next 6 months, consider calling your insurance agent and requesting to change your policy from commuter insurance to pleasure use insurance. A pleasure use car is a weekends-only vehicle, or one driven only occasionally. This could save you on your insurance premiums!
If you have any questions about car maintenance or insurance, give us a call at (915) 234-0745. We also offer a complimentary car check-up on tires and oil.