If you’ve been working from home like many others during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is likely that your car has been sitting mostly parked for the last several months. While you are enjoying the money your saving on gas and preventing wear and tear on your car, your vehicle still requires routine maintenance to stay in top shape.
At Three Rivers Auto Glass, we’ve put together some COVID car care tips to keep your car running reliably throughout the pandemic and afterward.
Check Your Tire Pressure
If your car is sitting for extended periods, the tires can develop flat spots and deteriorate. If you are turning on your car, but don’t have time or a trip around the block, simply move your car a few feet forward or back to help your tires maintain their shape. Whether they are old or new, be sure to monitor your tire pressure.
Run Your Engine a Few Times a Week
It is important to run your engine for at least five to 10 minutes a few times weekly to help keep fluid cycling and ensure your vehicle’s components stay lubricated. If you have time, we recommend giving your car a drive around the block. This also helps to maintain your battery.
Check Your Fluids
Even though your car is not using as much fluid lately, you still need to check them. These fluids can become corrosive over time, so they should be checked periodically. You will also want to make sure to keep up with your oil changes and keep your engine coolant and wiper fluid full.
Keep Your Car in a Covered Area
To keep your car safe from damage caused by inclement weather, it is recommended that you store it in a garage or under a covered carport. If you do not have access to these types of protection, you can purchase a well-ventilated car cover. This will help to preserve your car’s exterior and protect your windshield.
Get Your Windows Tinted or Your Windshield Repaired
If you’ve been considering window tinting, now is a great time to get it done. Window tinting can help protect your car’s interior from fading, make your window shatterproof, and more!
Maybe your windshield was damaged due to the harsh winter storms or during your commute prior to COVID. Either way now is a great time to have your windshield repair to help prevent the chip or crack from spreading and getting worse.
Window tinting and windshield repair can get your car ready for when you need it. Contact Three Rivers Auto Glass today to learn more about our services!