Keeping your car road ready during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in people are spending more time at home than usual — it also means more vehicles have been sitting idle, and may require a bit of TLC before they hit the road. 

Experts say if this rings true for your vehicle, there are lots of things that can be done to make sure it’s well maintained and ready to be driven.

“If you kind of think of it a little bit like the human body, it’s pretty similar to us,” said Chad Brinston, manager of fleet performance for the Alberta Motor Association (AMA).

“If we were to suddenly stop working or stop walking around or just kind of sitting on the couch a lot, we’d start to get a bit rickety and our joints would start to squeak and need some oil and all that kind of stuff. Your vehicle is very similar.”

Brinston has a few tips for how to get your vehicle road ready:

  • Take your vehicle out for a longer drive to make sure that everything’s working properly.
  • Keep up with routine maintenance.
  • Check your tires.
  • Check your wiper blades.
  • Check all your lights.
  • If your vehicle often sits for 72+ hours, or is only used for short drives, consider using a maintainer for your battery.
  • Check your oil and other fluids.
  • Consider getting a 100-point inspection done on your vehicle.

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