COVID-19: Car maintenance tips during lockdown

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There's a lockdown across the nation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a car owner, you need to maintain your car this period to prevent a knockdown!

No matter where you live, you must be feeling the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. People who initially thought it was faux have been cleared of any doubts. With thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of infected persons recorded around the world, one has every reason to be concerned. But as advised in the face of crises, panicking does not help. If anything, it worsens the problem.

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Leaving a car on one spot for long isn't healthy 

The Nigerian government has ordered a lockdown across the nation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. As a car owner, you should channel part of your energy toward maintaining your car during this period. When the wind eventually blows over, you want to still have a car to continue living your life.

1. Save the battery during coronavirus pandemic

When a car’s battery is left dormant for too long, it begins to discharge. Over time, there will be nothing left of it. Start the engine, and leave it on for about 20 minutes, at least once or twice a week.  This will help it regain some power. Alternatively, completely disconnect it from the negative terminal.

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2. Test-drive the car

Mechanical and electrical components wear off when left idle for long. Abandoning your car during the lockdown might cause serious damages. It is advisable to not only turn on the engine but also turn on other components including the air conditioner.

If you live in an estate or a spacious compound, drive your car around your vicinity, engaging all the necessary instruments. Doing this will bring life to components that are dying away.

3. Leave the handbrake unengaged 

The handbrake is highly recommended to ensure maximum safety, but having it engaged for too long jams the break. If the car is parked in a downhill area, leave the gear in reverse mode. In an uphill area, leave it in the first gear. As an extra measure, place chocks on the wheels to prevent them from rolling over.

4. Clean the interior

Abandoned properties typically reek of dust and dirt. Do not allow these to dominate your car’s cabin as they could spoil something.

Wipe off the dust on the surface, and use a vacuum cleaner on designated areas. Endeavor to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after cleaning.

5. Keep the exterior clean and safe

 The exterior of your car is just as important as the interior. First, ensure that it is not parked directly under the sun to prevent damages.

Kids have a penchant for making drawings on vehicles with sharp objects, and birds could mess them up with droppings. To avoid any of these, consider using a car cover.

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A cover prevents cars from direct contact with substances and objects

A lockdown is not meant to be easy. Understandably, you may be having a hard time dealing with it. If it is any consolation, the whole world is going through the same thing. If you plan to use a ride-hailing service this period, you also need to be careful.

Nothing lasts forever; this too shall pass. The most important thing is to still be around when it is all over. So, observe the lockdown diligently. While you are at it, maintain your car so you will not be stranded afterward.

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Chris Odogwu is a Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.

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