Top Tips for Looking After Your Car in Isolation
Added: 09 April 2020
During these unprecedented times, many of us are staying home as much as possible, in line with government guidance. Unfortunately, this means are poor cars are being somewhat neglected. Lots of us still need to use our cars to make infrequent essential trips, so it is important that we keep our cars in running order! We’ve put together a few tips to help you do that…
Avoid a Flat Battery
One of the most important ways of keeping your car healthy through this period is to keep the battery healthy. The most effective way to do this is to use a battery conditioner or a trickle charger which will stop components draining your battery.
If your household owns two cars, it’s a good idea to alternate the use of them for essential trips. Please be aware that your battery will flatten if short journeys are taken repeatedly. It’s also important to know that turning your engine on and then off shortly afterwards should be avoided!
Over time, tyres will lose pressure even when they’re not being used. You will need to inflate them to the maximum recommended pressure for your vehicle. If tyres are left uncared for for long periods, they can flatten in places and lose their shape.
Keeping It Clean
Giving your car a good scrub will make it look great, but more importantly will prevent damage. Day-to-day surface dirt like bird droppings, tree sap and bad weather will leave marks on your paint. To avoid this, we recommend waxing your car after cleaning to give it an extra layer of protection!
Make sure you give your tyres a good clean too – this will remove any mud and grease which will prevent corrosion.
Last but not least – the inside! At times like these, keeping your interior clean has never been more important. To help reduce the spread of coronavirus, you should disinfect many parts of your car including the steering wheel, gear stick, keys and door handles. Cleaning out things like food crumbs and mud also makes sure it doesn’t decay or dry into the upholstery. It may even attract unwanted guests…
Store Spare Bulbs
Be warned, although MOTs have been giving an extension* you still need to keep your car in a safe condition, meaning you need to have working lights. So, keeping a small number of spare bulbs at home is very useful!
If you need parts, our Parts Department in Garngoch are open for essential services. You can reach them by phone on 01792 222100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep Fluids Topped Up
To keep your engine running smoothly, you should always check your fluid levels are good.
You should top up your:
Fuel – this prevents moisture from gathering in your tank and developing rust.
Coolant and window wash – this ensures the car is ready to drive once government advised travel restrictions are lifted
Oil – firstly drain the used oil. Once full with fresh oil, take your car on one last essential journey so it can circulate.
If, like many, you aren’t going to be using your car for a while, it’s always a good idea to park it in a safe and sheltered area if possible.
The best choice would be a private garage. This deters thieves and protects your vehicle from harsh weather. However, if this is not an option you should attempt to park it in a shaded area which is well-lit at night. A car cover will also protect the vehicle from outside elements. This should only be used when it’s not obscuring a necessary parking permit.
If, however your car still faces repair problems during this time, our Service and Parts departments are here to help. They are open for essential work which is available by appointment only. For further details please click here >>
*Please see further details about MOT extensions here.