Caring for Your Ride Takes Some Pride
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Cars are like people; we both need to stay in motion to function properly. If your car is sitting in your garage because you don’t drive as much as you used to, this article is for you.
David Bennett, manager for repair systems at AAA, says cars owners need to remember these several important tips to ensure their vehicles don’t deteriorate due to non-use.
Keep the battery charged
Car batteries charge automatically when you turn on the car. But when you’re not using your car for weeks at a time, the battery can die. Bennett recommends hooking up a battery tender to stabilize the battery and maintain an equal state of charge so the car won’t need to be jump-started when normal life resumes.
Keep your vehicle clean
A car that is sitting idle for weeks at a time can become a magnet for all kinds of creatures. If possible, keep your car parked inside a garage. If this is not an option, make sure your car is clean from all snacks, beverages, food wrappers and debris so it doesn’t attract bugs or animals. If you can, vacuum your carpets as well. These steps will help prevent mildew and unpleasant odors from growing inside your vehicle.
If you live in a rural area where many small animals abound like chipmunks and mice, you may want to seal any inlets, such as the tailpipe, with a small piece of steel wool. Otherwise, some creatures may decide to make your car their new home while it’s sitting idle in your driveway.
Take your car for a spin
If possible, Bennett says, drivers should try to take their car for a 20-minute drive at least once a week. Driving will help keep the battery charged, prevent the tires from developing bald spots and keep the brake discs from growing rust.
These small steps will help keep it in excellent condition so it’s ready to go when you need it most.