Getting going again

8 May 2020

Recommissioning your vehicle is simple but important

If currently working from home, you’re probably not using your vehicle much. Perhaps not at all.

That’s OK. But in the future - when we resume normal life - you’ll need your car, motorcycle or truck to be in safe working order. So here are some things you can do at home to ensure you’ll be ready to go.

The first issue you may face is a flat battery. If you’re not driving your vehicle at all, start it up in your driveway two or three times a week and let it idle for 10 minutes. If you can, use your car once a week when doing your grocery shopping and, if it’s a short trip, extend your drive on the way home. You could also invest in a battery charger, but ensure you adhere to product instructions or you could cause damage.

Fuel degradation can be an issue. But this is unlikely unless you leave your vehicle unused for months. Anyway, the best thing to do is give your car a run a couple of times a week and you should be fine.

Tyres can lose pressure over time. So, if you haven’t driven for a while, walk around your vehicle checking for any signs of deflation. Inflating all tyres – including your spare – to the manufacturer’s recommended pressures should be the first thing you do when you get to a service station.

So there you go. Take these simple steps and you’ll be ready to go when life finally gets back to normal.

Words: VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym. As featured in the Herald Sun 8 May 2020.

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