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5 tips to protect your car during the Coronavirus Lockdown

protect car during coronavirus lockdown

The Government's advice for the COVID-19 lockdown is that you should only leave the house for one of the following reasons:

  1. to shop for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
  2. for any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  3. to travel to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

This means that many of us will be staying in for a while, which also means our beloved cars won't be going anywhere either. 

Leaving your car parked up for long periods of time could cause problems, and we want to help you avoid any vehicle related complications that will make life difficult when we get back to normality. 

So, here is our advice for protecting your car during the Coronavirus lockdown.

1. Keep your car clean

Leaving dirt, grit and grime all over you car can cause damage to the paintwork over time. Make sure you give your car a clean to keep it looking fresh when you're back on the road. 

Make sure you also clean the tyres. This will get rid of any mud or grease that could cause damage to them.

Don't forget to clean the interior!

Be sure to give the seats and carpets a good wash and clean down seatbelts, door handles, steering wheel, dashboard, radio etc. You never know what nasty bugs will be breeding in there while you're staying home. And you definitely don't want to get back in your car to find smells from old food or smelly shoes that have been forgotten about!

2. Air it out to prevent mould

You'd be surprised how quickly damp and mould can build up in a car while it's left sitting on your drive for a while.

If it's a sunny day, open the doors for a while to let the air in and avoid this happening.

3. Keep your car out of the elements

The unpredictable British weather can give our cars a battering from time to time.

If you can, put your car in a garage or invest in a car cover to protect it as much as possible.

4. Preserve the tyres, handbrake & more

Leaving the handbrake on can cause the handbrake cable to stretch. If you can, leave your car in gear with something behind the wheels to prevent it from moving. This will also take hopefully prevent your brakes from binding.

You should also make sure your tyres are fully pumped up to avoid flat spots. A flat tyre is the last thing you want to be worrying about when we're allowed back on the roads!

5. Don't let the battery go flat

If your car is not started for a period of time, it's likely the battery will go flat.

To avoid this happening, you can either purchase a trickle charger, or just pop out to your car every so often and run it for a little while.

Why not take a look at our tips on how to stop your car battery going flat?!

White All-New Kia Xceed Plug-In Hybrid parked on driveway

Close up of jump cables attached to car battery

27 March 2020

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