Last Updated on April 5, 2021 by Fiona Maclean
How to take care of your parked cars.
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We all know that it’s a tough time for everyone and we need to be there for each other. Undoubtedly, we all are acting responsibly and taking necessary measures like abiding by social distancing laws and other health safety rules.
Lockdown has resulted in restricted movement. The rules are automatically making us drive far less than we did before, thanks to not taking our kids out to school and even having fewer trips to the grocery stores for example. That means we are using less of our motor vehicles, causing vehicles to stand idle in parking lots and garages. But what we tend to forget is – cars are not meant to be stationary. Staying idle can deteriorate your car’s health. Here are some key tips that you can carry out while you stay at home which will help to protect your car against future damage, once we are out of the lockdown phase:
Check your vehicle battery
As your car has been used less frequently used for nearby trips there is a chance that the battery may have gone flat. Without regular use, the electric charge in your battery will drain. Therefore you need to keep a check on it and make sure you take your car for a quick drive around for 15 minutes in the neighbourhood. This easy and safe process will give your car’s battery a chance to charge up automatically without you even leaving the car or going far away from your neighbourhood.
Check your tyres
Less frequent driving trips may cause the tyres to lose air pressure and result in them being underinflated. You should easily know whether the pressure in your tyres is adequate or not by checking it through the tyre pressure gauge. If your car is new you will definitely have a tyre pressure monitor which automatically shows you when your tyres need proper pressure inserted in them. In case you think your tyres have worsened due to less usage and don’t have the right pressure -you can look for a tyre garage around your area for a replacement. If you require car tyres for London & other surrounding parts, then DAT Tyres (02089610044) is the best local garage – as they have good ratings.
Check your car fluid levels
Since your car is not regularly being checked or having a proper MOT service there is a high probability that the fluids present in your car used to make it roadworthy will drop below their recommended minimum levels. Therefore. brake fluids, engine oil fluid and washer fluids used to make your windscreen wipers work should be regularly checked along with other key checks mentioned above.
Keep your car in a garage or at least off the street.
Ideally, your car should be kept under cover in a garage. However, lockdown may mean that you are looking at ways to convert your garage (check out https://garageguidance.com/garage-conversion/ for ideas on how to do that). If that’s the case, then keeping your car off the street is better than parking on the road.