Heading out again

9 April 2021

Recommissioning your vehicle is simple but important

If, like many of us, you’ve been working from home for months, you probably haven’t used your vehicle much. Maybe not at all.

That’s fine.

But in the future – perhaps when you start to return to the office – you’ll need your vehicle to be in safe working order.

While you’re home you can keep an eye on your vehicle’s battery to ensure it doesn’t go flat. Do this by starting up your vehicle a couple of times a week and let it idle for 10 minutes. Or perhaps take it for a short run to the shops once a week.

You should also check over the tyres for any deflation, and inflate them to the manufacturers’ recommended pressures at the closest service station.

If you are confident, check the condition of your engine’s oil and coolant at the same time.

Conducting these simple procedures should ensure your vehicle is in good working order while it’s hibernating in the carport.

But time and non-use are the enemies of complicated machinery, like a vehicle. They need a run to keep things lubricated and operating smoothly. Even if they are not being driven regularly, vehicles need to have their oil and fluids changed, as these degrade over time.

The best thing to do is have a professional look over your vehicle for any service and safety issues to ensure your car, motorcycle or commercial is in tip-top shape, and that it will be ready to go when you are.

Words: VACC CEO, Geoff Gwilym. As featured in the Herald Sun 9 April 2021.

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