The world is changing all around us, and many of us simply find ourselves not driving as much as we once did. While this allows us to make driving more enjoyable again, it can also present problems if you leave your vehicle sitting idle for too long. If you’re among those who drive less often these days, these tips for maintaining your vehicle will help ensure that your car is ready to go when you are.
When you leave your car sitting for long periods, it can create issues related to the battery, tires, and much more. A great way to get in front of this is to periodically take your car out for a quick trip. Whether it’s a run to the store for supplies or a joyride around the lake, driving your car once every week or so helps keep the battery charged and fluids circulating. It’s also just a great excuse to get out of the house if you’re feeling cooped up.
Letting your car sit for a long while without moving can play real havoc on your tires. After a while, tires will develop flat spots, which can compromise their structural integrity and cause them to break down more quickly. To avoid this from becoming an issue, short routine drives should do the trick. It’s also important to inspect your tires before each trip, including a quick visual once-over and checking air pressure levels. .
Heavy rain, snow, and sunshine can be harmful to idle vehicles, damaging the paint and increasing your risk of rust. By purchasing a quality car cover, you can protect a car parked outdoors from the harmful elements and keep it clean for the next time you’re ready to take it for a spin.
Just because you’re not driving as much doesn’t mean you should skimp on important services. If it’s been six months or more since your last oil change, bring your vehicle into Motor Inn of Spirit Lake and we’ll help you take care of your vehicle no matter how often you take it out on the road.