Looking after your car during lockdown

Car Care and Coronavirus

Looking after your car while it's not being used for extended periods of time can make a big difference to the condition it's in once you do come to use it again. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your car in top condition so it’s ready to use when you need it again.

How to stop your battery from going flat

Your battery will lose charge as it sits idle. Start your vehicle once a week and let it run for about 20 minutes. This will allow the battery to maintain charge during extended periods where it isn’t being driven.

It's also a good ides to turn on the Air Conditioning, switching between both hot and cold.

How to protect your tyres

One of the most common problems is damage to tyres, which can deflate, develop flat spots and even crack when they aren’t moved. Re-park your car every few days so that the tyres get a chance to rotate. Remember to check your tyre pressure before driving the car again.

How to protect the exterior

If you can, park your car in a covered area to protect against bad weather and sun damage. Keep your car washed and clean and use a protective wax to protect the paintwork from the elements.

And if you have a cover… use it.

How to stop your brakes from sticking

A car’s brakes can seize up if they remain on for too long with the handbrake being especially prone to this. Moving the car helps and if you have a garage and can do it safely, you might try leaving the handbrake off and using tyre stoppers to keep the car from moving.

While you're running the engine, gently pump the brake pedal a few times to keep the brake pads free from the wheels.

Keep the fuel tank topped up

Keeping your car filled with petrol means you won’t be caught short in the event of an emergency, but also helps protect it. Over time the air above the fuel in an idle tank can condense and store moisture that can eventually lead to rust. We don’t recommend you go out just to fill up but keeping your tank full is the best way to look after it.

Don’t forget the interior

Keeping the inside of your car clean is important to slowing the spread of bugs like Coronavirus.

After your food shop make sure you wipe the steering wheel, seats, door handles and controls down with a non-abrasive car cleaner or household equivalent. Just make sure you check it won’t damage the upholstery before spraying it all over the seats.

Taking care of a hybrid or electric car

If your car is a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle, there are a few simple steps you can take to protect it.

Car care for Hybrids