Take Care of Your Car While It’s Social Distancing

 

While you may be saving on gas and wear and tear, it’s not good to let your car sit idle for too long.  Here are some tips to be sure your car is ready when you are!

 

-        Fill up your gas tank and then add a gasoline stabilizer. The stabilizer will prevent condensation from building up and you will extend the life of the gas in the tank!  Plus, why not take advantage of low gas prices while you can.  Just be sure, of course, to bring your wipes and hand sanitizer with you to the gas station.

 

-        Check your tires and make sure the pressure meets the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation. Keeping tires filled to the right amount helps with wear and tear even when the car is standing still.

 

-        Take your vehicle for a joy ride! Driving your car at least once a week for more than 15 miles will get all of the engine parts moving and help keep the battery charged.  It also gets you out of the house, which will feel wonderful!

 

-        Check to see when your car is due for routine maintenance and make an appointment.  Most service departments are taking appointments online. If your registration or sticker expired last month or this month, you’ll want to be sure to take care of that when the RMV and inspection stations are back up and running. 

 

-        Give your vehicle a good once over every now and then and make sure that mice or other critters haven’t set up shop inside. Exhaust pipes and engine blocks are a favorite, so keep an eye out.  If you see acorns, straw and small pieces of fabric or insulation, chances are you have something living in your car!  A simple, humane answer is to spray essential oils like peppermint, clove, and cayenne pepper, which work as natural repellents.

 

-        Wash your car.  Rain and bird droppings can damage the paint finish.  So can dish detergent, so be sure to use soap made specifically for washing cars.  Start from the top of the car and work your way down, to keep the dirt you’re washing off from just spreading all over the car.  Spending an afternoon washing, vacuuming, and waxing your vehicle is a great way to spend some time outside and can be very therapeutic!