Because of COVID-19, more people are staying at home on a regular basis instead of commuting and going out. However, it's still important to pay attention to your vehicle's condition to ensure it remains reliable. Parking it for long periods without use could damage it. For this reason, many drivers are asking themselves how they should take care of their cars while quarantined and not driving them as often as in the pre-covid era.
It is advisable to take out a vehicle for a 20-30-minute drive at least twice a month. Examples of damages experienced when vehicles are parked for long are brakes with coats of rust, uneven tires, cracking of belts, and drying out. In addition, cars were meant to be driven, which means they are likely to develop issues the longer they stay unused. The below tips will help drivers keep their Cars in shape.
Car batteries drain over time. Therefore, it is prudent to drive around the block for 20 minutes to prevent a dead battery. Batteries come in many shapes and forms, which need a healthy and good state of charge to deliver peak performance.
A trickle charger can jump-start a dead battery with the help of an outlet or a plug. The positive and negative terminals should not have dirt or corrosion. If the terminals are corroded, the driver should use a toothbrush with water and baking soda to remove them.
Checking all the essential fluids in the car is essential. Check the levels of engine oil, brake fluids, and transmission fluids. The driver should habitually check and follow the prescribed maintenance intervals if any fluids are insufficient, lacking, or changing them altogether.
Maintaining the optimum air pressure levels is desirable. Drivers should inspect their cars once a month for tire degradation and drive them around to lubricate the other moving parts. Parking on top of wooden blocks underneath tires prevents cement from drawing air pressure from the tires.
Remove any unpleasant odors and or mold building up due to extended parking periods. Parking the car under a shade or a garage is highly recommended. In the open, the car is exposed to wind, snow, and UV rays which damage the paints and plastic surfaces of the car.
After a good wash, drivers should use a car cover that shields them from external elements that could cause physical damage, such as scratches and paint removal.
Honda auto care requires ongoing attention regardless of the other factors that are affecting your life. Our Honda team is available to answer any questions that you have about auto maintenance and service needs.