We’ve all been using our cars less recently due to coronavirus (COVID-19). So how can you make sure your car is kept up and running?
- Recently we’ve only been using our cars for essential trips or going to work
- There are ways we can make sure our car stays in shape while it's being used less often
- The last thing we need is a flat battery now that we can get out and about a bit more!
It's been a while since we've used our cars as much as we usually would, right? We've learned that one in five drivers polled by car maker Hyundai have said they have struggled to get to grips with driving again after being off the road for weeks during lockdown, while LV= Britannia Rescue has revealed that 54% of all claims made over a 24 hour period this week were due to vehicle engines failing to start.
Experts say the issues are usually battery related and can be directly linked to motorists not using their car for long periods of time. So, what can we do to make sure our cars aren’t left neglected while we’re using them a little less?
Charge your battery
Your battery has been working extra hard during winter and it’s probably not been used much in lockdown. So, keep an eye on your battery and if it’s running down, give it a charge. If your battery keeps going flat, you may want to consider replacing it or getting it checked – especially if you’re using your car for essential work during these challenging times.
Turn your engine over
Essential trips such as food shopping, collecting medicine or going to work can be used to run your car over. Even if it’s a quick drive to the shops now that they're open, any trip can help in maintaining good engine performance. If you’re not going out, you can keep battery issues at bay by turning the engine over until your vehicle is up to working temperature, while stationary in a parking space or on your drive. If you do this and notice any engine warning lights come on, some garages are still open to carry out essential work.
Check your car and tyres
Make sure your lights, rear reflectors and both indicators are clean and working and that no lenses are cracked.
Regularly checking your tyres is always important, no matter how often you use your car or how far you drive. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre and around its circumference. However, you should replace your tyres well before they get to the legal standard.
So, while we’re all spending more time at home and less time in our cars, let’s not neglect them. Give them a clean, check their essentials and look forward to the day when you can get in and head out to meet your loved ones.
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