Different areas have had different approaches to dealing with the current pandemic crisis, and for a lot of people, this has meant a switch to working from home or studying online rather than attending college classes. Globally, it has actually been quite remarkable the effect that fewer cars on the road, as well as fewer planes and other forms of travel, has had on the environment. So, there have at least been some upsides to all of the restrictions.
However, while using your car less and working from home may be better for the environment, and may also have other benefits like allowing you to be more productive during the time you’d normally spend traveling, it can be bad for your car for it to be left idle without the proper care for long periods.
Here are some things to think about if you’re not using your car much at the moment:
Take Good Care of Your Battery
The battery of your car is the thing most likely to suffer from the car not being in use. Getting a good trickle charger can help extend the life of your car’s battery, and so this is something you should consider, especially if you really aren’t driving at all during the current situation. There is a good article here composing your best trickle chargers if you want to know more about the different features trickle charger devices have and which models could be right for your needs and budget.
Keep Your Car Clean
When you use your car all the time, it does tend to get pretty dirty on the inside, and with the current need for extra care with hygiene, it will be easier to do things like keep your steering wheel germ free and disinfected after touching things if you keep the interior of your car clean in general. Give the inside of your vehicle a deep clean, including the carpets and any other upholstery. While you’re not using it much, it will be much easier to keep things clean when you do need to make trips.
Take Out Things You Aren’t Using At the Moment
As with keeping the car’s interior clean, it’s also a good time to remove clutter or even things that you intentionally keep in your car but which you won’t be needing at the moment. If you keep an emergency kit with things like food and water in your car, then it can be best to remove these and replace them with fresher stuff when you go back to using your car regularly again. Clear out your glove compartment, and recover anything you don’t really need to keep in the vehicle for now. It will make it easier to keep everything clean and also to avoid forgotten things deteriorating after weeks of being left in the car.
These are all ways you can keep your car in good condition even if you are not currently using it for things like your commute, and it is resting idle for a lot more of the time than usual.