Your Car During Quarantine
Don’t forget about your cars during quarantine! If you were like the rest of us before our world got turned upside down recently, your vehicles were driven nearly every day or even multiple times a day. You’re used to the routine of taking care of your vehicles when you drive them all the time, but how do you take care of your vehicles now that they are sitting for extended periods of time? Check out our tips!
If you have more than one vehicle, make sure you rotate which vehicle you take for your limited errands. If you don’t have errands to run, maybe safely take each vehicle for a 5 minute drive around the block every couple of days to keep the battery charged and fluids moving.
Keep up with all of your normal scheduled maintenance based on dates instead of mileage. Just because your oil could last many more miles doesn’t mean it won’t age badly before you get around to putting those miles on. Check your air filters, adjust tire air pressure, and make sure you put fresh gas in.
Make sure you keep your car clean and clear of food. With the vehicle sitting still longer, it is more appealing to critters looking to make a home in it or scavenge for food. If the vehicle hasn’t been run in awhile check for evidence of critters — especially chewed wires!
Be cautious about your vehicle idle usage when you are out! Don’t sit in your vehicle with the lights or radio on and the engine off when your car has been driven less. It is significantly more prone to the battery dying quickly and leaving you stranded.
Keep roadside assistance coverage on your vehicle on your auto insurance just in case you do need a tow, jump start, or run out of fuel. Most times this coverage is only about $10 per 6 months per vehicle. Check with your insurance agent to see if there is a specific way you have to call in a roadside claim when stranded or if you just need to get a receipt and turn it in.
Keep extra face masks, gloves, and wipes in your car during this time to make sure you are able to access buildings you need to and to reduce your risk when running out.
Be prepared with emergency supplies in your vehicle. We recommend flares/flashers, jumper cables, cell phone charger, flashlight with batteries, first-aid kit, blanket, bottled water, paper towels, pen with paper, ice scraper, and paper towels. If you are car savvy, you can go further with a spare tire, tire iron, basic tools, motor oil, coolant, tire pressure gauge, tire inflator and sealant, washer fluid, etc. If you aren’t car savvy, make sure you have that roadside assistance coverage on your auto insurance & call for help!