06 May 2020
Many would have seen the use of their vehicles decrease at the introduction of COVID-19. Here are top tips to ensure your vehicle is ready to go as business begins to pick up:
Even when a vehicle is parked, there is a slow drain on the battery and one of the most common problems when you come to restart the car after a period of inactivity will be that there is not enough power to turn over the engine. It’s easily avoided, though - just start the car on the driveway, once a week, to confirm that the battery is still working.
Whenever water splashes onto the brake disc, rust residue can form on its surface. Normally, this would quickly wear off in general use but it can build up if the vehicle is left for some time. It will mean that when you next use your vehicle, you will hear a sound coming from the brakes. If this is rust residue, the noise will subside after the first few applications of the brakes. However, if it doesn’t, you will need to get the brakes examined to identify the issue.
Tyres are a problem area for vehicles that are left unused. They can lose pressure over time and may even become deformed because the weight of the vehicle is sitting in the same place on each tyre for several weeks or months. Make sure the pressure is maintained and, if you can see any visible signs of defects with your tyres, ensure that you get them examined by a professional. It is good practice simply to move the vehicle backwards or forwards a foot every few days.
You should check fluid levels to keep your engine well maintained and have your car ready to drive when you need it. If your vehicle needs topping up, you must use the correct grade/type of oil. This information is in the vehicle handbook.
If you decide to top up the fuel tank on your expedition to the local supermarket, remember to use disposable gloves to avoid directly handling the fuel pump.
The Government has issued advice to drivers of cars, vans and motorcycles whose MOTs are due from 30 March onwards. If your MOT is due from 30 March 2020 the Government has announced that you will automatically receive a six-month extension. But your vehicle must still be kept in a roadworthy condition.
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