Your Car During Lockdown. Is It Ready for Action When You Need It?

National Windscreens recently issued its top tips for making sure vehicles are healthy, after lack of use during the lockdown period. According to the company, the lack of vehicle use can lead to issues with the vehicle’s reliability unless the owner takes steps to keep it in good condition.

National Windscreens’ top tips for a healthy vehicle include:

  • Check your vehicle glass – Make sure the vehicle’s glass is clean before you start driving. Obscured vision by dirty glass can cause accidents and you could be prosecuted for having a vehicle on the road that is not safe, according to the company’s release.
  • Wash your windshield – Don’t put the windshield wipers on when you have a dry windshield, as this can damage the glass and the wipers if dirt is on the glass. National Windscreens recommends using the washers first to wet the windshield, or to wash the windshield by hand using detergent and warm water.
  • Check your car battery – If the car has not been driven for some time and has not been kept charged by other means, it can lose its power, which can even lead to a damaged battery that then needs to be replaced, according to the company. If you are not using your vehicle that much National Windscreens suggests you try using a trickle charger to keep the battery in good condition. For electric and plug in vehicles, maintaining a 50% charge is normally recommended but it’s important not to allow it to drop below 30%.
  • Tires – Check the condition and pressure, as the tires may have gone down if they have not been used.
  • Handbrake – Let the handbrake on and off occasionally, if it is left on for long periods it could get stuck. Before you do this, make sure the vehicle is on the flat, with wheels chocked and in gear to stop it from rolling.
  • Engine oil and water – Check the levels and top up as necessary before you start driving.
  • Air conditioning – Using your air conditioning helps prevent problems that might occur after a long period of not being used.
  • Lights – Check your vehicle’s lights before you start driving.
  • Fuel – Keep the vehicle’s fuel tank full to stop moisture and rust from developing inside.
  • Get your damaged windshield repaired now – A chip in the windshield can be quickly repaired and can prevent progressive damage.
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