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The Do’s and Don’ts of Taking Care of Your Car During the Pandemic

Brian England, Mon, Dec 21, 2020

I’m not driving my car much now, Does it matter?

My car is just sitting there. Is there anything I should do?

When should I service my car now that I only drive it 2000 miles a year?

These were normally questions asked only by our older, retired customers. Now, with the pandemic, more cars are sitting in garages and driveways, prompted most of our customers to ask these questions.

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What should you do if your COVID driving habits fit into this category? The most important thing to do is to make sure that you drive your car at least once a week. Make sure to get your car to operating temperature, preferably at highway speed. This will help prevent a lot of issues.

Next, schedule a safety inspection at least every 6 months that includes:

  1. Check oil and other fluid levels
  2. Inspect for rodent infestation and damage under hood in air filter and in vehicle ventilation system (cabin filter)
  3. Check, charge, and test battery
  4. Check tires pressures
  5. Check under car, check tires for flat spots and punctures
  6. Road test and report

Failure to follow these guidelines often result in the following issues:

  1. Fuel lines chewed through causing a gas leak
  2. Cabin filter rodent nests
  3. Rodents dying in ventilation system causing bad smells as they decompose
  4. Rodent building nests in the engines air filter area
  5. Tires with flat spots
  6. Rodents eating wiring and hoses
  7. Rodents building nests out of car insulation
  8. Battery dying prematurely
  9. Brake rotors rusting and leading to brake vibrations
  10. Emergency brake sticking in the on position

Pandemic driving has presented us with a unique set of challenges, requiring us to rethink how and when we service our cars. Follow these simple guidelines to help keep your family safe on the road. Don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns about the proper care and service of your car.

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About Brian England

 

Brian England, the current president of BA Auto Care (formerly British American Auto Care) got his start with an auto apprenticeship in a small town in the northwest of London. He came to the U.S. in 1972 to work for a Land Rover dealer in Rockville, MD, and a few years later, started British American Auto Care with his wife, Jennifer. A big believer in preventive auto maintenance, Brian's philosophy is to encourage and educate drivers on the benefits of adhering to a regular maintenance plan.