29th June 2020
As we start to see more easing of the lockdown and life is starting to slow feel I little more normal. One thing is clear, the Coronavirus will continue to be a huge part of daily life and its repercussions have changed mankind forever. We are starting to see more traffic on the road, we are getting back into our cars and should take some time to consider how best to ensure your automotive safety and wellbeing.
During the coronavirus outbreak, basic maintenance of your car is more important than ever. Less mechanics are open and those that are, are offering limited appointments. MOTs have been given an extension which is easing the load on a reduced workforce. This is not only going to affect any emergency repairs you may need but also, without an extended MOT window, there could be issues left undiagnosed.
Ensure your tires are in good order, your tyres must be in good condition, with no cuts, nicks or cracks visible. Check your tyre pressures regularly and remember that legally, the tread must be at least 1.6mm deep, although it’s recommended that you change them once there’s less than 3mm of tread left.
An easy check for your tyre depth is using a simple 20p piece. 20p pieces have a thick borderline that’s a couple of millimetres thick, so it’s worth using this as a measurement by placing it in the tread of your tyre. If the inner edge border is visible above the rubber, you should consider changing your tyres.
If left for long periods it is very common for your car’s battery can discharge. To keep it in best condition consider using a battery trickle charger. However, this requires close access to a power source. If power is an issue, it is best to prepare by investing in a jump-start pack. This is essentially a smaller, more portable battery that you can charge up from your home and use to jump-start your car if its battery loses charge.
The dust and pollen in the air, combined with changeable weather can be very damaging to your car paint, chrome and seals. If left, unchecked it can build up a layer of stubborn dirt that finds its way to the smallest gaps. Regularly washing and drying your car thoroughly is key to limiting the build-up of dirt. The Coverzone Monsoon cover is made from a heavy-duty PVC with a soft, non-scratch inner lining. These are waterproof & vented outdoor covers for cars that are designed specifically for long term, outdoor storage.
As restrictions start to ease for many of us, it is important to carry out these basic checks before you jump in your car. Your vehicle will be affected by being stationary for long periods and you should be conscious of issues, new rattles and potential issues. Plan ahead and book your MOT in good time, while there is an extension, you don’t have to use it. Look after your paint work, keep your car clean and cover it up wherever possible. Above all, take care, drive safely and enjoy being back on the road.