Monday, 30 march 2020 | Redacción CEU
There are many and quite different situations that may make drivers stop using vehicles for a while. For example, car owners may decide to go on a considerably long trip that keeps them far away from their regular residences. It is also possible that due to an increased awareness about the global warming issue or their own willingness to keep themselves fit, drivers consider abandoning their vehicles for weeks, walking to work or using public transport to visit places. Another common reason to keep a car parked is that some families own two vehicles, so they always prioritize the use of one of them. However, these days the majority of drivers have been forced not only to leave their cars parked, but also to stay at home confined. This extraordinary circumstance brought about by COVID-19 has caught many people by surprise, so they may not have taken the necessary steps to protect their cars. What precautions should you take regarding this issue?
It is important to point out that in a serious situation such as this quarantine, the priority should always be given to rigorously follow the authorities’ and experts’ instructions and respect the protection measures that are necessary to preserve both our health and the public health. In other words, this article is not an invitation for car owners to leave their homes in order to take care of their cars, but rather a practical guide to know how to react and protect vehicles well when situations like this, and others that are similar or less important, arise.
To keep cars parked in good conditions for a considerable period, it is recommended…
Choosing a good spot
It goes without saying that the ideal place for a car that is not going to be driven is a garage. In them, cars are not exposed to inclement weather, bird droppings, vandalism and dirt from the street. Unfortunately, not all drivers own garages. When there is no other option but to leave the car on the street, people must pay close attention to some facts like leaving the vehicle parked well and making sure that there are not any visible objects inside it and that it is a close by and busy street without trees or garbage containers nearby. If possible, it is also advisable to leave cars covered with tarps.
Cars also consume battery while they are parked. They do so to continue powering some of the vehicles’ devices, so that when they are started, they are ready to be driven. When no actions are taken, the first car element to suffer will be precisely the battery, especially if it is already used or it is an old car model. The best option in this situation is to use a battery maintainer, or, alternatively, disconnect the battery. This indication might not be appropriate for all models, so if you are not sure, before proceeding to disconnect it, you can consult your car’s user manual. In relation to plug-in electric vehicles or hybrid cars, it is recommended to keep them connected to the socket during the whole downtime.