Looking after your car during lockdown
Car Care and Coronavirus
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.