With many people working at home because of the COVID-19s, cars spend more time in the driveway than on the highway.
And while drivers can save money on gas, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is maintained and does not require expensive repairs after sitting for long periods of time.
Consumer Reports says there are a number of important steps you can take to keep your vehicle running smoothly.
“Even if you have nowhere to go, you still want to drive your car around town for about 20 minutes a week,” said Jeff Bartlett, automotive editor at Consumer Reports.
“This will keep your battery charged and prevent rust from accumulating on the brakes and calipers. “
At the same time, gas prices are so low that you may be tempted to fill your tank every time you are away, but Bartlett says you should only do this if you really need fuel.
“If you think your car will end up with the same fuel in the tank for more than three months, fill your car up completely at the gas station and add the correct amount of fuel stabilizer, which will help prevent the fuel from falling out.” broken down over time, “said Bartlett.
There are also simple maintenance checks you can do from your home.
Before you start your weekly drive, check your oil on a level surface while the engine is cold and while you are under the hood, make sure your engine air filter is clean and free of excessive dirt or debris . You can also check the air filter in your cabin.
If you happen to receive a recall notice for your vehicle during the pandemic, Bartlett informs you that minor recalls may be postponed, but that serious problems must be resolved immediately.
“If this is a reminder for something that could put you in danger, such as an airbag defect, a mechanical problem or a fire hazard, you should stop driving the vehicle right away and contact your dealer. “
You can ask the dealer about their current vehicle disinfection policies and be sure to clean the surfaces of your vehicle with solutions containing at least 70% isopropyl alcohol, or soap and water.
Even if your car does not move, it should be kept clean and washed. Bird droppings and tree sap can be very acidic. If you have not washed your vehicle since winter, the spray under the cart of an automatic car wash can help remove salt and dirt from the road.