Reasons to Exercise Your Car During the Quarantine
In this season of coronavirus-inspired social distancing, many people are working from home and reducing the amount of driving they do. As important as it is to get some personal exercise during this time, don’t forget to give your car a workout as well.
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Per Lifehacker’s David Murphy, it’s important to drive your car every now and then to keep it in great shape. This will help reduce the chance of the battery dying. It will also reduce the wear on the part of your tires that are in contact with the ground when it’s parked for longer periods than usual during the quarantine.
Cars.com’s Rick Popely recommends driving your car a couple of times a month. Make sure these short trips are at least 10 miles long and that it includes some highway driving, so the engine warms up all the way. These short drives will help “wake up” some of the vehicle’s key systems, like the suspension, transmission, power steering, and brakes. These exercise sessions also give the battery a chance to recharge.
Two helpful tools to invest in
You should consider investing in a portable jump starter or automatic battery charger, to further protect your battery’s life during the quarantine. Both of these gadgets will help ensure that your car has enough battery juice to run on during social distancing when you can’t enlist the help of a neighbor for a jumpstart.
More maintenance tips
Two other easy ways to keep your car healthy in this hiatus are to wash the exterior and detail the interior. Cleaning your car by hand is a great way to get out of the house for a bit while caring for your ride. Check out these strategies for giving your car the gentle, comprehensive cleanse it deserves. And browse these suggestions for cleaning the cabin so it’s tidy and fresh for your future drives.
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Whitney Russell resides in Dayton, though her spirit can be found beach-bumming in Puerto Rico (the land of her half-Puerto Rican heritage). When not crafting car-related content, she can be found chasing after the most amazing toddler in the world, watching her “beaver” of a husband build amazing woodworking projects, hanging out with two crazy dogs, and visiting family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, crafting, and binge-watching period dramas when time allows. See more articles by Whitney.