The Coronavirus pandemic has made many of the tasks we normally take for granted that much more challenging. Take, for instance, keeping your vehicle well-maintained. Normally, you’d take your daily drive vehicle in for service at regular intervals, but with lockdown protocols affecting many regions across the country, that might not be as easy a prospect as it was before.
Add to that the fact that with quarantine in effect, your vehicle will have to sit idle for much longer than usual. As most mechanics, auto enthusiasts, and even Denver personal injury attorneys can tell you, this creates the perfect conditions for something to go wrong with your car and lead to catastrophe, since it isn’t being driven around like it should.
There are a few precautions you can take, however, and these will help you prevent potential maintenance mishaps during the pandemic, while also helping to safeguard you from the possibility of serious consequences.
First Things First: Go For A Drive
One of the simplest things you can do to help maintain your vehicle’s health is to take it out for a spin, as this will help keep the battery charged (if you didn’t know, your car battery will discharge while it sits idle, and if you let it sit long enough it could potentially go dead).
Going for a drive about once a week, though, has even more benefits for your vehicle, as it will also help keep those moving parts (transmission, brakes, etc.) well lubricated and reduce the chances that those mechanical parts will dry out.
Lastly, going for a drive will help keep your tires from developing those dreaded flat spots. Remember that your tires will slowly lose pressure over time, and if your car is just sitting in one spot, the chances of them flattening out on the whichever side is in contact with the road increase. Driving regularly, though, helps mitigate the issue.
Additional Maintenance At Home
In addition to just driving your car, there are several maintenance tasks you can take care of on your own to help keep your vehicle in good shape. If you don’t know already, learn to check your oil levels/filters, and change them if need be. Just be sure to follow your owner’s manual for precise instructions, and make certain to dispose of your old oil properly.
Other easy, at-home maintenance tasks you can attempt are checking your tires, checking your air filters, replacing your windshield wipers, and, of course, giving your ride a thorough .