How to Maintain Your Car When You’re Driving Less
Now that we are all stuck at home, we are spending a lot less time driving. However, this doesn’t mean you can forget about your car. In fact, when you aren’t driving as much, your car may need more attention. Here are a few ways you can maintain your car when you’re driving less in Victoria.
Keep up with oil changes
Your oil change schedule will depend on the make, model, and year of your car. You have probably always gotten your oil changed based on the mileage recommendation. However, now that you likely won’t reach that interval anytime soon, you should change the oil based on the time suggested.
For example, if your owner’s manual says to change the oil every six months or 5,000 miles, get the oil changed when you hit the six-month mark.
Go for short drives
At least every couple of weeks, take your car out for a drive. Whether it is to the grocery store and back or a quit trip down the highway, these drives can help prevent build-up and keep everything running smoothly. It also gives your battery a chance to recharge.
Fill up the tank
Over time, condensation can form in a partially filled gas tank when a car sits for an extended time. This condensation can lead to rust. To help prevent this, make sure your gas tank is topped off before your car sits unused.
Check your tires
Air will gradually leak out of your tires as your car sits. A slow leak can lead to a flat tire in a couple of weeks. Check your tires regularly and make sure they are properly inflated.
Clean your car
You don’t want to return to your car in a few weeks and find moldy food containers and a stinky car. Clean out any trash to keep your car smelling fresh and to prevent unwanted bugs from taking up permanent residence in it.
Call us at Atzenhoffer for any car-care questions you might have.