How to care for your car during lockdown
Well, 2020 has been an intense and hard year for the world with the COVID-19 pandemic still a very real concern. Different parts of the country are responding differently to it, generally based on how severe the outbreak has gotten in the area, but one thing remains certain—it is best to stay home unless you must absolutely go out. Stay-at-home orders have been issued and expired and issued again and back and forth it goes. But, given that staying home remains the best line of defense right now, a lot of people might be wondering if you should still drive during a pandemic even if there is no place to go. Even if you are home most of the time now, it is still important to get your vehicle out and about sometimes. Read ahead for how to care for your car during lockdown.
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How often should you drive in quarantine situations?
While any and all journeys outside your house will need to follow recommended safety guidelines from health experts and authorities and while you’ll still need to maintain proper physical distance from others and generally avoid crowds, fresh air and the outdoors are needed for your physical and mental well-being. One way to do that is by taking a little drive every few days or so, which is about what auto experts recommend—a drive of at least 10 minutes about twice a week, but certainly at least once a week.
The biggest reason to drive your vehicle regularly even if you don’t have a particular destination in mind is the battery. If you leave your vehicle sitting for too long without powering it up, the battery could drain, and then the next time you do have a place to go, you’ll hear the dreaded click-click of your ignition not turning over. So, getting your car some “exercise” will keep that battery charged.
Furthermore, if you leave your vehicle in the same exact spot for a long time, the tires could end up wearing a little flat on the surfaces that are in constant contact with the ground, so a regular drive will help prevent that, too.
When you are driving, try to get on the highway for a portion of the drive, if possible, to keep your vehicle used to driving under such speed and conditions.
Check your tire pressure, check your fluids, check your oil life, and just generally make sure everything is still in working order when you drive, that way you’ll reduce your chances at an unpleasant surprise later on.