Tips for keeping your car dependable while keeping yourself safe
Consumer Report Article By Jeff S. Bartlett - March 28, 2020 -
Consumers have many worries right now during the coronavirus pandemic. Somewhere on the list for some is keeping their car dependable, especially for those who work at “essential” businesses and need to commute.
There are many basic car care tasks, such as checking fluids and inspecting tires, that can be performed in your driveway. And in an ideal world, you would have been ahead of all routine services and repairs, such as an oil change, before social distancing.
People in many parts of the country have been advised to stay home, and everyone should follow that advice and practice social distancing as much as possible. But if you have repairs or maintenance that cannot be postponed, the suggestions and tips below can help you keep your car running and yourself safe.
Cars Don’t Like to Sit Idle
Cars are meant to be driven. A car parked for extended periods risks the battery losing charge, tires gaining flat spots, rubber components such as belts and wipers drying out, and critters taking residence in your engine compartment.
Drive the car at least once a week for 20 minutes or longer to ensure that the battery is charged. If you park outside, this will also provide a chance to wear the rust off the brake discs and keep the calipers from seizing by using them. Driving is a good solo activity, and frankly, many people probably need to shake off some cabin fever.
While in the car, check for any food, snacks, beverages, or disinfectant wipes that were left behind. Even better: Also vacuum the carpet. These steps can reduce the risks of mildew and unpleasant odors from developing.
Oil changes: For cars that need light maintenance, some quick lube shops can perform oil changes and other services while you stay in the car. Don't forget Buckhead Auto Sport's Concierge Service will pick-up, service and return your car.
Tires: Tire stores and dealerships are open in most areas and able to provide replacement tires. Check our tire ratings and buying guide. It is a good idea to start-up and drive your car just to keep the tires from developing a flat spot if sitting in the same place for too long.
When times are tough, people tend to defer maintenance. Your vehicle is often one of the larger expenses in your household and should maintained properly. Talk with one of the Buckhead Auto Sport service managers about ways to ensure you're not damaging your vehicle verses what might wait until things get back to normal.