Most cars are only being used when essential items are needed as we heed the government's call to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic.
But your car still require some TLC during this period, here are some handy tips from the team at Tiger Wheel and Tyre to keep your car in shape during lockdown:
1. Keep the battery charged
Start the car and let it idle for 15-20 minutes, at least once a week. Do this outside or keep your garage door wide open and any doors leading into the house firmly shut. Or disconnect the battery and connect it to a trickle charger, if you have one.
2. Check your licence disc expiry date!
Thankfully government has stepped in and stated that car and drivers' licences will not expire during South Africa's national lockdown, under new transport rules that came into force on March 30, according to Business Insider.
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3. Keep your tyres inflated
It's not just driving, but the passage of time that makes air escape from tyres. If you're able to inflate them at home, do that first before making essential trips or when lockdown ends and you return to work. Maintaining the correct tyre pressure avoids flat spots and protects the tyre's sidewall from damage.
4. Clean your car
Bird droppings, water stains and even dust can get baked into the paintwork, causing lasting damage. Washing your car will prevent this from happening, and besides it's a great way to mix things up and pass the time during lockdown.
5. Be safe in all the ways that count
Keep your vehicle in tip-top safe shape; drive safely; and when you're out on essential trips, keep your distance from people you don't live with, don't touch your face, and wash your hands when you're done.