While you may not be driving your car for a long while, you’ll still want it in great shape for future use.
Here are nine vehicle maintenance tips to keep your packed car ready for use at any time.
Change the Oil as per the Maintenance Schedule
Due to potential loss of quality over time, most oils require changing every 5,000 miles or six months (whichever comes first). You should observe this rule even if you don’t drive often.
Start and Drive Your Car Occasionally
Go on a short drive every few days or at least once a week so that fluids can circulate and different parts of the engine are oil-lubricated. Sometimes, it’s enough to start the engine and let it run for a few minutes, but tire movement is also vital.
Check the Tire Pressure
Check the tires for leaks that can occur over time. Also, watch out for “tire rot,” which results in brittle and hard rubber when the car is packed for too long.
Maintain a Full Gas Tank
This is one of the most important vehicles maintenance tips. If you aren’t driving for an extended duration of time, fill up the gas tank. This measure helps to protect the inside of the tank from rusting.
- Keep the Exterior of Your Car Clean and Covered
Covering and cleaning the exterior of your car protects the body paint and rubber parts from gradual degradation due to sun damage. Also, clean up any organic matter that may accumulate on the car’s body after a long time in parking.
Keep the Interior Spotless
Before giving your car an extended rest period, inspect the interior for any organic debris, including stray crumbs. You can thoroughly vacuum clean it to ensure there’s nothing left on the inside that could attract pests.
Regularly Inspect the Car for Pests
Don’t allow pests to turn your car into their home. Check all parts, from inside the truck and cabin to under the seats and hood, for signs of rodent or insect infestation.
Disconnect the Car Battery
Corrosion can occur on the battery terminals of a car that hasn’t been started for an extended period of time. To prevent this, wear safety gloves and goggles, and start by disconnecting the negative terminal before the positive one.
Renew Your Auto Insurance Policy
In most states, auto liability insurance is mandatory for drivers. However, consider getting a comprehensive policy, too. It can provide protection in the event of car theft, fire, or other damages/losses that can occur even if you only drive your vehicle once in a while.
How Gant Insurance Can Help
By following these vehicle maintenance tips, you can keep your car ready for the road even if you don’t drive it often. You can also contact the experts at Gant Insurance Agency if you need help updating your auto insurance policy to ensure you’re always financially protected when you’re back on the wheels. We are happy to help you find the right type and amount of coverage for your needs!