Chances are that your car is not getting used as much as before the coronavirus pandemic. While most of us are only leaving to go get food, it’s still important to keep your car active.
Even if you have nowhere to go, you still want to be driving your car around town for about 20 minutes each week. This will keep your battery charged, and prevent rust from building up on the brakes and calipers from seizing up.
Rust can be very dangerous to cars because it weakens the metal. That means it is less likely to keep you safe in case of a crash.
Right now fuel prices are low but don’t run out and fill up. If the fuel sits in your tank for too long, it can break down. Consumer Reports suggests driving your car regularly so the fuel doesn’t sit in the tank.
There are also some simple maintenance tasks you should be doing. Consumer Reports recommends regularly check your engine oil on a flat surface while the engine is cold. While you’re under the hood, make sure your engine’s air filter and cabin air filter are both clean.