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Be sure to check on your car while under quarantine

How do I take care of my car during quarantine? 

Residents of Vermont are under a shelter at home order until at least May 15. During the time we’ve been under lockdown, people are likely to be driving their vehicles much less. If you’re wondering, ‘How do I take care of my car during quarantine,’ the product experts at Poulin Auto Sales have some answers for you. It is an easy-to-understand fact that a vehicle can develop issues if it sits unused for too long. Venturing out for a drive should be relatively safe as long people stay inside their vehicle, which should provide for plenty of social distancing. Our team put together this handy guide to help clear up any lingering questions you might have. 

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What happens if a vehicle isn’t driven regularly? 

A car, truck or SUV is meant to move. When a vehicle sits around too long, gaskets and seals can dry out which could lead to much more severe problems. Tires could lose air because slow leaks could go unnoticed or because of changing ambient temperatures. Finally, moisture could collect in the fuel lines, oil systems or air conditioning ducts.  

How long should a drive last? 

Automotive experts suggest going for a drive of at least 20 minutes at least once per week. This will ensure the engine reaches the proper operating temperature. Oil will cycle through the system and the aforementioned seals will remain soft and effective. Additionally, if you can spend some time driving at highway speeds (on the highway), all the better. If your vehicle isn’t equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system, be sure to use a tire gauge to check the pressure before your trip. 

When you get done with your drive, be sure to wipe down all the high-touch surfaces with non-bleach-based wipes to make sure you don’t carry any contamination into the house. A solution consisting of at least 70 percent isopropyl alcohol on a lint-free microfiber cloth will also kill most germs. 

If you have any questions about how to take care of your vehicle, please contact Poulin Auto Sales today.