How to Care for Your Car During Lockdown
Between heading out and staying at home, the latter is the favourable choice these days, which means that you’re probably not doing a whole lot of driving. But just like your body needs exercise to stay healthy, your car isn’t designed for prolonged periods without movement.
The more time it spends in one place, the higher your risk of facing an unwelcome repair bill come the next time you turn the key. The good news is that you don’t have to do much to keep your hatchback, van or people carrier in shape. Below are some tips to care for your car during lockdown.
Keep it Charged
Without a regular boost from the engine, batteries are prone to running flat. The easiest way to prevent this is to go for a drive, but idling will also help. Batteries in older cars and those parked outside in cold or hot weather will drain the power faster. Hooking up your car to a trickle charger can keep it juiced up over longer periods.
Check the Tyre Pressure
Staying in one place can cause your car’s tyres to develop flat spots, so it’s a good idea to go for a short drive every now and then – which is also important for maintaining the circulation of fluids among mechanical parts. Be sure to check your tyre pressure (including the spare) and make the necessary adjustments.
Add a Personal Touch
You probably have some extra time on your hands as of late. And with less money going to fuel, perhaps a little more cash, too. Think about whether there are any personal touches that you’ve been wanting to add to your car. It can be something as simple as slipping on some new seat covers or a complete colour change with a wrap.
Another great option is to get your own custom number plate. A local company like Number 1 Plates makes it easy to create your own legal pressed number plates through their online builder. They sell high-quality metal registration plates with a range of customisation options. Plus, your new pressed plates will be delivered right to your door.
Avoid Using the Parking Brake
Cars parked in humid and coastal areas are particularly susceptible to corrosion, as are older models. One way to reduce your risk of rust is to avoid engaging the parking brake, since this can cause damage to the system over time. Of course, this only applies if your garage is on flat land.
Choose Your Parking
Another potential source of rust comes from parking on soft surfaces such as fields, as this can cause moisture to travel up the undercarriage of your car. If you can’t get on a pavement, then gravel is your next best option. Consider the safety of your parking area. It’s always wise to remove any valuable items from your car when you’re not in it.
Taking the above steps will go a long way in keeping your car in tip-top shape during lockdown. Don’t forget to give it a good wash when things go back to normal.