The ongoing pandemic has left many Americans with no reason to leave the house, which means cars sitting idle in garages, driveways, and at the curb. If you’re one of the many people who isn’t driving as much as you used to, these tips for taking care of your idle car will help ensure you’re ready for the road again when the time comes.
Take it out for a spin
The best way to make sure that your car doesn’t form problems from being idle too long is to take it for a drive from time to time. It’s recommended that you drive your car for about 20 minutes a week at least once every week, which should help keep the battery charged, prevent flat spots from forming in the tires, and keep your brakes from rusting.
Keep it clean
A clean car is a happy car, especially if you want to preserve the paintjob. Leaving your car parked for a long time can lead to an accumulation of dirt, dust, pollen, bugs, and bird droppings, which can have a negative effect on the exterior. Washing your car every few weeks with soap and water will keep it looking lustrous for longer.
If your car is sitting idle because you’re not too enthused about driving it, fear not: Village Motors of Conover has a great selection of quality pre-owned cars that’ll help you get excited about getting out there on the road.
We all know that the holidays include a potentially belt-widening number of amazing meals. Because these meals are always better with family, you will probably find yourself driving to and from get-togethers with food in your car. If you want to keep a culinary disaster from happening on the road, we have a few tips on how to keep your food safe in the car.
If you are bringing along a casserole, we recommend using a
cardboard box that’s big enough to fit the dish and a few towels. Place the
dish in the box and surround it with the towels to help keep it warm during transit.
Pies are an indulgent holiday favorite. While a dedicated
pie carrier is the best way to transport a pie, another option is to take an
empty pie plate and place it on top of your pie. Then, wrap both pie pans with
foil to keep them together.
If you are bringing along a cold dish, break out the summer
cooler. If you don’t have a cooler, you can use a cardboard box. Either way,
surround the dish with ice packs or ice cubes to keep it cold while you drive.
The simplest food to take with you in the car is baked
goods, like rolls, muffins, or cookies. Simply put those in a covered container
and you are ready to go.
All of us at Village Motors of Conover want to wish you a happy holiday season. If you’re looking for a new car for the New Year, stop by and go for a few test drives.