Weekly Rides: Why You Should Take Your Car Out During the Pandemic July 7, 2020
Weekly rides may actually be a healthy thing you can do for both yourself and your car. Taking your car out for a spin at least once a week will keep the battery charged, the parts lubricated, and the tires even. It will also help keep your engine compartment clean of any unwelcome critter-squatters.
While some states are lifting certain restrictions and allowing people back out into public spaces more frequently, many are on the fence. Rising case numbers and hospitalizations have resulted in many businesses having to close back down shortly after reopening. Plenty of people would prefer to stay quarantined until the country has a better handle on the virus. But sitting still isn’t always good for you or your car.
Weekly Rides Keep Your Car (and Brain!) in Tip-Top Shape
There are five things that happen when you take your car out for a drive at least once a week. Check out all the mutual benefits both you and your car receive on your mini-roadtrips.
Firstly, you keep your battery charged. If you’ve ever tried to start your car only to be met with silence or flickering lights, you know what a pain a dead battery can be. To keep the battery in good shape, drive your car around for at least 15-20 minutes once a week.
Secondly, you help to lubricate the many important parts of your vehicle. Third, you help to keep your tires even. When your car sits in the driveway for long periods of time, it’s resting on just one part of the tire. This disperses a lot of weight over a long period of time on one fixed point. Driving the car regularly will help you avoid flat spots.
Fourth, you help clear any unwanted guests in your engine compartment. Sometimes rodents and other such small creatures climb into cars for shelter. Especially when it gets cold in your area, check regularly under your hood to make sure there aren’t any strays staked out inside. If vermin get in there, they can do real damage. And it can be expensive.
Finally, getting out of the house, even just for a little bit, is good for your mental health. The sunshine (or moonlight!) and fresh air can lift your spirits and put a little pep back in your step. We know it’s tough right now, so remember that you deserve some upkeep, too!