Importance of Maintenance Even When Driving Less

Driving Less Changes the Maintenance Your Car Needs

The past year has changed our nation in ways nobody could have predicted. One of the most significant changes has been in our driving habits; studies have predicted that driving will be at 90% of pre-pandemic rates for years to come. We here at Ram Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat of Del Rio want to help you understand how that changes the maintenance your car needs. It's tempting to assume that you just have to bring your car in less, but in reality a stagnant car has different maintenance needs rather than less maintenance needs.

What Can Happen to Tires While Your Car Sits

While you won't be wearing down the treads, tires weren't exactly made to stay in one place for long. Over time, the weight of the car and the plasticity of the tire's rubber can lead to flat spots on your tires. Not only can the tire deform, but the rubber's natural permeability means you can lose pressure over time. We recommend a good tire pressure check once a month, and an occasional short drive will help reduce flat spots on your tires.

Running the Engine Engages Protective Systems

One of the best things you can do for your car is to run the engine once a week or so. Letting the engine run for at least 20 minutes can help the alternator recharge your battery and engage the oil and cooling systems. The fluids in these systems exhibit protective and anti-corrosive properties, so having that fluid circulate ensures that those protections are in place throughout those systems.

What We Can Do To Help at Ram Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat of Del Rio

While you can check your tire pressure, take a drive, and run your car at home, we can provide the services that need to be done at specific time intervals in the absence of mileage. Oil changes, for example, should happen at least every six months if you're not driving a lot, as the oil can degrade over time. Our certified technicians can help you know what regular maintenance will keep your car in good running condition through long periods of disuse.


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