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How Often Should I Drive My Car?

Maintaining Your Vehicle While Staying at Home

Over the past several months, drivers that typically explore the roads have ben finding themselves at home more frequently. Although you may not be driving as much as you’ve used to, it’s still important to keep tabs on the health of your vehicle. Like people, it’s unhealthy to stay in one place for too long. So, how often should you drive your car? It’s recommended that you drive your vehicle at least once every two weeks for at least 15 minutes each time. Below, we will detail a few common problems drivers may encounter if they don’t drive their vehicle enough.

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What Happens If I Don’t Drive My Vehicle Frequently Enough?

The biggest concern drivers have when leaving their car to sit for too long is the battery. Although the vehicle is not in use, the battery is still discharging some power. That means that without proper charging, your battery could be dead the next time you try to start up your car. To avoid this, take your car out for a drive regularly, even if it’s just around the block a few times.

Did you know that fluids can separate and seals can dry out if a car isn’t driven enough? When driving, fluids are constantly circulating inside your vehicle. Of course, it’s not just your oil circulating. Transmission fluids, brake fluids, and more need to stay moving to function properly.

Another reason why you should drive your car is to avoid flat spots on the tires. Not only do tires lose some pressure over time, but the weight of the car on the tires for long periods of time can cause the rubber to flatten out. When this happens, you will need to shop for new tires, which can create a headache for both you and your wallet.

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Of course, there are many other reasons why drivers should keep driving their vehicles, such as moisture buildup in the gas tank, the possibility of rodents making a home out of your car, and more. If you are concerned about your vehicle, be sure to have your local mechanic take a look.

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