2020 has been a highly unusual year, to say the least, and one of the biggest differences has been the rapid shift towards remote work, a change that is expected to last for many companies in a variety of industries. That change has caused an avalanche of smaller adjustments in the way people live and work, and one of those is the decreased frequency of commuting for many workers.
Without driving to an office as part of a daily routine, vehicle neglect can become an issue. That can lead to a variety of problems, ranging from the inconvenient to the potentially dangerous. Here are a few tips to help you make sure your vehicle stays in safe operating condition even when you aren't driving it every day.
Tips for Maintaining Your Vehicle
One peculiar aspect of working remotely is that it's easy to lose track of time. Part of maintaining your vehicle is driving it regularly, so, to remind yourself, plan to drive at least once a week, whether you really need to or not. Go drive around for a while, and listen to your vehicle to make sure everything sounds OK. You want to drive at least enough to be able to gas up around once a month.
Automotive interiors are more likely to mold when you leave a vehicle sitting for a long time, so be sure to roll down your windows to air everything out, and wipe down interior surfaces now and then.
Don't forget to check your tire pressure, and never leave your vehicle sitting long enough for tire rot to become an issue. If you park in an area where your vehicle is likely to get dirty, treat it to a wash once a month; it will help keep grime from building up on the glass and paint. Be aware of where you park and the conditions your vehicle may be subject to in that area, and adjust your maintenance plan accordingly.
Make a Long-Term Plan
Remote work may become the go-to choice, or at least an available option, for many companies going forward. With that in mind, take the time to schedule out a maintenance plan for your vehicle, recognizing that you may not have a regular commute for some time. And, in the event that you do go back to the office, you can stay in the habit of taking great care of your vehicle, which makes it a win-win no matter how you work.