In this time of social distancing and stay at home orders, many people are working from home. And while not having to drive saves time and money, letting your car sit too long can be harmful. Here are a few tips for keeping your vehicle in shape during the quarantine.
1. Keep it Covered
If you live in Colorado, you know we’re not in the clear yet when it comes to snow. Prevent rusting by keeping your car in the garage or under a protective cover when it sits. Harsh elements like snow and long sun exposure can wreak havoc on a vehicle, so store your car wisely.
2. Charge the Battery
The most common problem of a car sitting too long is battery failure. Prevent this by starting the engine occasionally and driving the vehicle around for 10 to 15 minutes. This will charge your battery so the car will be ready to go in case you need to go anywhere. In the event of a dead battery, be sure your car is equipped with jumper cables.
3. Prepare Your Car
The stay at home order still allows for essential trips like grocery shopping or bank visits. Make sure you’re being safe when you do have to go out by stocking your car with antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, and a mask or two. It’s a good idea to wipe down all surfaces, including your steering wheel and door handles, after visiting a public place.
4. Protect Valuables
If your car is going to be out for a long amount of time, it could be a target for looters and thieves. Prevent break-ins by removing valuables from the vehicle. If your car has an alarm system, ensure it’s working and activated.
By being mindful of not only vehicle safety but personal safety, we can all work together to get back on track during this quarantine. Always follow stay at home orders and stay healthy. From all of us here at Quick-Set Auto Glass, drive safely out there!