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How To Care for Your Car When You’re Not Driving as Much

Do you feel like you’ve been ignoring your vehicle lately?

Most of us have been spending more time at home and less time on the road, and while you may not miss your commute, your car misses being active.

Want to avoid potentially expensive problems? Look over this checklist today to help keep your vehicle in good shape (and ready to go when you need it again).

1. Start It Up Regularly

If you’re not driving much at all, it’s important to at least start your car and let it run for a few minutes every few days to keep the battery charged. Take it around the block or move it up and down the driveway to help keep the tires healthy and let fluids circulate.

2. Keep a Full Tank

Gasoline degrades over time, especially when it’s exposed to air. Estimates vary on the length of time it takes for gas to go bad, but to limit the buildup of condensation, experts recommend keeping the tank full if you can.

3. Keep It Clean

If you’re still using your car for grocery trips and other essential errands, follow the proper interior cleaning guidelines. If your vehicle is mostly sitting idle, clear off leaves and other debris regularly and check under the hood to make sure rodents or other critters haven’t made a home there.

And if you want to go the extra mile, experts also recommend washing your car on a regular basis or buying a car cover to protect the paint.

And of course, it’s important to maintain your car insurance even if you’re not driving at all. Have questions about your policy or anything else? Reach out today.