How to Take Care of Your Car When You're Driving Less Often | Evansville Kia

2019 Kia Sedona | Evansville, IN

 

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Sometimes, we all find ourselves driving less than usual. Maybe you’re currently working from home, have a second vehicle that isn’t your everyday driver, or don’t know what to do if you’re away from home for an extended work trip or vacation. Regardless, there are a few easy ways to make sure that your Kia is as good as new when you’re ready to get back into your normal routine.

Keep it moving

Cars are built to stay in motion, so one of the best ways to keep yours healthy is to drive it every now and then. Generally, we’d recommend that you take a 20-minute drive once a week, or a shorter one more frequently. If you’re unable to get behind the wheel because you’re out of town, see if a friend is willing to take it around the block once a week. If you let your car sit still for too long, there could be unfortunate long-term issues, including battery death and flat-spotting on tires — all of which will cost money to repair.

Take care of its fluids

Not only does regular driving keep mechanical components from developing rust or becoming home to any number of rodents, it also stops your Kia’s fluids from breaking down. If you’re planning to leave your car idle for an extended period of time, make sure to top off the fluids beforehand. This will help your vehicle’s essential lubricants from congealing or breaking down, both of which can cause potentially dangerous issues in the long run. Most importantly, remember that gasoline will break down, and may cause problematic condensation in your Kia’s inner-workings. To avoid this, buy a fuel stabilizer and mix it with the last tank of gas you buy before you park your car for a while.

Store it inside, if possible

As trivial as the hot Evansville sun, dead insects, tree sap, or bird droppings may seem, they can permanently damage your Kia’s exterior. If you can, store your vehicle inside your garage or look for a professional vehicle storage solution. If that’s not an option, make sure to cover your car in a material that’s soft enough not to damage your paint and check periodically for vermin that think they’ve found a shiny new apartment, if possible.

 

For tips on how to prepare your vehicle to sit still for a while, service before you do, or maintenance after the fact, don’t hesitate to set up an appointment with the certified technicians here at Evansville Kia in Evansville, IN.

 

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