Be Self Reliant (Atmanirbhar) with your car in Lockdown
At present, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit each and every one of us making us live in an unprecedented time in history. Even though some of the regions in the country have been offered some relief from the complete lockdown, we do have to maintain social distancing. With this, many of the vehicles are also left unused and just as our Prime Minister has advised us to be Atmanirbhar, we do have to be self-reliant to take care of our vehicles.
Being responsible citizens we do have to do our best to prevent the spread of the virus, but it is also necessary to take the best possible care for our vehicles as well. With the lockdown getting eased at some places in the country, while some regions still are undergoing a lockdown, it does get difficult to take care of your car. Hence we get to you some tips and tricks which will make you be self-reliant and take care of your ride.
Finding a Good Parking Spot
It is necessary to make sure that you park your vehicle in a good parking spot. As the rains are arriving as well, there could be some regions that may still face the lockdown towards June. It will be advisable to have a covered spot during these times.
Parking the Car in Gear
Most of the people in heavy containment zones and red zones won’t be able to get the cars out. It will be better if you do not use the handbrake while parking the car, this will prevent the brakes from getting locked which could cause a problem when you finally decide to take the car out. Instead, park the vehicle in first gear and if your parking is on a slope it will be advisable to place a wedge behind the wheel as well.
Batteries will turn dead if the car is not started or used for a long time. If you can then it will be advisable for you to use the car if you’re going for a grocery run. Or you can change the parking spot or just crank the car to run idle and move a bit forward and backwards. It will be advisable even to disconnect the battery if the car won’t be used for a long time which will prevent it from getting discharged. You can just disconnect the negative terminal for it and when you want to crank and heat up the engine you will just have to connect it back.
Cleaning the Car
Both the exterior and the interior of the cars are equally important to be cleaned. When you go down to crank your vehicle in a span of 3-4 days, please dust the exterior and even clean the interiors as well. Starting the blower of the car will help to get rid of any dust and foreign particles in the blower system and the car as well. Avoid keeping anything in the cabin that could emit an unpleasant smell like junk food.
Checking the Fluid Levels
While you step down to start your car, it is necessary to check whether the fluid levels such as engine oil, brake oil, coolant are upto the mark. This helps to increase the life of the vehicle as the internal components do need lubrication to ensure the smooth functioning.
If you are an essential service worker or you tend to take your car out for a grocery run, it will be advisable to sanitize the commonly touched parts. These can be the steering wheel, gear knob, doorknobs and door handle.
Last but not the least, please wear a mask at least and if you will be travelling in your cars. We at MyNewCar suggest you to use a mask, face shield, gloves and always carry a sanitizer with you while travelling in cars.
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