Due to the spread of the novel coronavirus, many regions around the world are in a lockdown. Still, there are many people who have to go to work every day. And even if you are working from home, you might still need to go out to shop for essentials. Thus, it is still very important to keep your car well-maintained. CarSwich.com, an online marketplace for Dubai cars has compiled some steps to take during the coronavirus pandemic for your car.
Don’t Let Your Vehicle Sit Idle
If you are confined to your house these days, your car is probably parked somewhere. However, keeping it that way for an extended period can give rise to issues such as loss of battery charge, flat spots on the tires, and wipers and belts drying out. Thus, it’s recommended that you take your car for a spin every week and drive around for 20 minutes to keep the battery charged.
Keep Your Car Clean
Since you probably go out to get groceries and medicines, chances are that your car might have germs on it as the coronavirus doesn’t just spread through human contact. Thus, it’s paramount you keep your car clean. Before washing your car, you should wear designated or disposable gloves. Ensure that you are using the right disinfectants.
The good news is that most household cleaners will get the job done. If you are concerned, you can check out the list of EPA-approved disinfectants for use against the coronavirus. It’s also a good idea to keep disinfectant wipes inside your car.
When cleaning, there are some spots that you just shouldn’t miss. Anything that your fingers touch should get cleaned such as steering wheel, door handles, gear shifter, seat belts, storage bins, and the top of the dashboard. Also clean your car switches, buttons and touchscreens
Keep These In Your Car
Keeping yourself safe during the pandemic is extremely important. Thus, it’s a good idea to keep certain essential items in your car such as a box of tissues, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to keep your hands clean, and sanitary wipes and spray for keeping surfaces clean. It’s also important to sanitise your car frequently to ward off potential pathogens.
Stretch Service Intervals And Do What You Can At Home
During this time, it’s recommended that you stretch out services intervals and only make an appointment at a nearby shop for critical mechanical issues. In case your car is in need of repairs, if possible, drop it off at the facility without entering it and pick it up a few days later. Since the virus can live on surfaces, wipe down all the surfaces after you pick it up.
As for other things such as changing the oil, checking the tires, replacing the air filters, and replacing the windshield wipers, these can also be done at home. Of course, you will have to educate yourself first and ensure you understand everything before attempting any of these yourself.