The second wave of Covid-19 has affected the lives of millions across Indian due to lockdowns and curfews. Travel for non-essential/ non-emergency purposes is restricted in most states.
While health workers, doctors, police, delivery executives, and emergency services are doing their best in providing timely help to those in need, the best we can do is stay at home. The wisest way to stay safe at the moment is to not leave your home until and unless necessary. This also means that your car needs to be parked for a long duration. Here are a few tips for storing your car or parking your car correctly during the lockdown.
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This is the first and foremost step towards vehicle care during this lockdown. Make sure that your car is parked in a covered spot or parking. However, if you don’t have one, cover your car or bike with a vehicle cover. This is required in order to protect your car from sunlight damage and bird poop. Moreover, a car or bike cover also prevents the collection of leaves and flowers on the vehicle during prolonged parking.
As your car has to be parked for a significant amount of time, it is important to prevent its battery from getting discharged. For this, disconnect the battery of your vehicle by removing the negative terminal. If you don’t intend to do so, you can also opt to start your car once a week and keep the engine running for a few minutes in order to ensure the normal functioning of the battery and prevent it from running out of juice. However, as safety and preventive measure in terms of the virus spread, it has to be noted that while you go out to start or check your vehicle, it is utterly important to wear a face mask and sanitize whenever needed. Also, take care to wash your hands properly with soap and sanitize them once you are back in your home.
Parking the car using a handbrake for a long time can result in brake drums getting jammed, which might put you in trouble once you decide to drive after the lockdown. Instead, park the car in 1st gear or place a wedge behind the wheel to prevent the car from rolling
Just like the exteriors, it is equally important to keep the interiors of your car clean too. For this, while you start your car every 4 to 5 days, turn on the air conditioner and blower to get rid of any dust or foreign particles in the cabin. Moreover, clean the cabin of your car thoroughly and avoid keeping any junk food inside to avoid any unpleasant smell and prevent the growth of bacteria. Keep the windows of your car closed at all times during this lockdown.
Ensure all the necessary fluid levels like engine oil, brake oil, coolant, etc are sufficient. Lubrication ensures the smooth working of the internal components and hence, doing so will not only increase their life but will also ensure smoother functioning whenever you take your vehicle out once the lockdown lifts.