You may not be getting out and about in the car as much as you’re used to - but it’ll still need some TLC. Start the engine once a week and run it for 15 minutes to keep the battery charged. Remember to check the tyre pressures when you finally leave the drive and remember the brakes may have some rust on them, especially if the car was wet when it was parked up. So make sure you use your brakes for the first few miles to clean off any corrosion.
There are two ways to reduce your chances of breaking down. The first, and most important, is to stick to your manufacturer's advice on servicing. Your car’s handbook will tell you when and how often a service is required, and exactly what's needed. Generally it’s needed once a year, but it can depend on the make and model of your car.
The second is to do your own simple car maintenance checks. You can either do these yourself or enlist the help of a professional mechanic. This includes performing internal and exterior checks on things like engine oil and coolant, power steering, tyres and lights.
Keep your car in top condition
To help keep your motor in great shape, we’ve created a handy guide to maintaining your car. In addition to the basics, it covers a variety of useful additional topics, such as in-car essentials, the servicing and maintenance of electric cars, and what to do in case of a breakdown.
For more useful tips on all things car-related, check out our series of car guides.
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