Driving has gone from being an everyday necessity to a barely ever reality during the past two months of lockdown. While you might think one of the (very few) benefits of lockdown is that your car (and petrol costs) are taking a break from the usual busyness, Super Tyres Managing Director, Dean Horn, says cars don’t actually like to sit still. To make sure your car is safe, healthy and ready for your next drive, Dean suggests following these routine steps:
1. Disinfect your car: While we disinfect our homes and workplaces, a car may often be overlooked. Clean the air conditioner vents by spraying them with a specialised cleaner and then remove and clean the filter. Clean high-touch surface areas such as the steering wheel, knobs, switches and buttons by using a car interior cleaner. Don’t forget to clean the interior and exterior door handles as well as your car key!
2. Battery health: Start your car engine at least once every three days to avoid battery discharge. This should be done in a ventilated area, preferably outside.
3. Tyre care: Give your tyres a clean to protect them from road grime. In addition, remember to inspect the tyre tread and be on the lookout for any damage (remember to check your spare tyre as well). Tyres, in particular, don’t like sitting in the same position for too long because the weight of the car on the tyre can cause a flat spot. Move your car backward and forward regularly to avoid flat spots.
“A little love and attention can go a long way to ensure that when you are finally ready to hit the road, your vehicle is just as prepared as you are,” says Horn.
Details: Super Tyres