The pandemic situation due to COVID-19 has affected drastically to many industries all over the world. Many organizations have switched themselves to “work from home.”The effects of lockdown on cars have also been very devastating. If your vehicle is parked for several days and in this situation, it is not safe to take your car to a nearby garage. You should follow some necessary precautions to ensure that your vehicle is in running condition when you need it for an urgent drive.
It is always necessary to keep your vehicle in a healthy condition. After this pandemic, you do not face any problems due to battery, engine, or brake caliper issues. Here is the list of seven essential steps to prevent your car from adverse problems due to lockdown.
1. Check your battery regularly.
Usually, car batteries get discharged with time. The easiest way to prevent this is to drive your car regularly, but due to this pandemic situation, you cannot often take your car for a drive; not only this, but climate also affects the car battery. It also depends on whether you have parked your car indoors or outdoors. You can do two things to check that you can disconnect the battery wire, which helps prevent drain out of charge. Alternatively, you can just start your car once a week and let it run for 10 to 15 minutes to keep everything working.
2. Prevent rusting of the brake caliper.
It is quite common that brake calipers are liable to rust when they are kept out of work for a long period. Also, using your hand brakes is a factor that leads to rusting of the brake caliper. To avoid funny noises on applying the brakes after lockdown ends, worst low friction, and inconvenience while driving, try not to use a handbrake. You can use your car gear’s tire strokes to keep your car moving in a stationary position.
3. Losing off tire pressure.
It is a must to park your car in a safe place. There are many places in India where car parking issues are very common. Cars are leftover on the roadside. Lockdown affects the cars and problem within the cars increases. It should be under a shed to not get exposed to sunlight. Due to high temperature, direct sunlight on cars affects the painting, tire pressure, and the inside material.
4. The stocking of petrol should be avoided.
The good idea of stocking up petrol into your vehicle is, of course, a myth. You can stock petrol in any other container rather than storing it in your car. The average amount of petrol can do your job in any case of emergency.
5. Choosing the right parking spot.
Not everyone has a parking facility. Looking for a long time on a penetrable and porous surface absorbs dirt and moisture into your car for causing rust. Parking pavement is always a decent place to park.
6. If in essential services, take extra care.
One of the effects of lockdown on cars is that car dealerships are being shut. Suppose you take your car for a regular drive, even in this situation, because your job comes under services like medical services, police service, media service, etc. You must take some extra care of your car. Avoid driving fast even if the road is empty. Keep checking the level of your engine oil and the fuel pump. If, in any case, you confront any damage, cross-check and keep a record of the replaced equipment after servicing your car.
7. Use of car cover.
Typically, a car cover can always protect the paint of your car. If you park your car under a tree where birds are known to assemble, then it is an absolute disaster. Bird poop can damage your car’s paint within an hour. Make sure that you put the cover on your car after you have cleaned it because a dirty cover can do much more harm than doing any good to it. The dirty surface can rub and erode your paint over time.
Drawing this to close, these are several steps that you can follow to maintain your car during a lockdown. Little and basic care can keep your car irreproachable and in good condition for other emergency purposes in spite of the drastic effects of lockdown on cars.