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Apr

22

/ 2020

Looking after your car in lockdown

In these unfamiliar times we appreciate that there is a great deal of uncertainty. Therefore, we would like to help by sharing a series of quick and easy hints and tips for maintaining your vehicle at home.

Please help save lives, follow the Government’s COVID-19 guidance, and only drive if your journey is essential.

Battery & Charging

If you are not using your car regularly, we recommend starting the engine and letting it run for a period of at least 15 minutes every two weeks. It is important to allow the engine to run for this long so the battery can charge properly. Be sure that your car is outside when the engine is running and don’t leave it unattended.
Charge (SOC) should ideally be maintained at 50% and shouldn’t drop below 30%. You don’t need to charge the 12-volt battery as this is supported through charging of the High Voltage (HV) Battery.

Tyres & Brakes

If you haven’t driven in a while we recommend checking the pressure of your tyres – especially if you’re taking a journey on a motorway where higher speeds may be involved. If you don’t know what pressure your tyres should be the recommended pressures can be found on the inside of the fuel or charge flap. You can also view the current pressure of your tyres on the instrument cluster in a lot of cars after driving for a few minutes on your next essential journey.
If your car has been left in wet or damp conditions, a thin layer of surface oxidisation can build up on the surface of the brake discs, which may mean they sound a little noisy at first. This is perfectly normal and gently applying the brakes when driving will help clear this.

Fuel

If you’re not planning on driving your car for a long period of time, it’s worth considering filling up your tank to full to reduce the likelihood of any condensation building up.

Paint Protection

Most cars are coated in a nano-particle paint which resists grime and corrosion. However, if it’s regularly parked under a tree or bush, it’s good to give it a clean and remove any dust or dirt.

MOT

As per government guidance, if your car’s MOT is due on or after 30 March 2020, its expiry date will be extended by six months, but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive. More information can be found on the government website.