Whether you’ve got a special collector’s car sitting in your garage or you’re just more into getting your cardio than hitting the highway, sometimes your ride can go a little while without stretching its legs. However, how often should you drive your car to keep it in good condition? Toyota of Orlando’s auto service center has tips to help you ensure your ride stays running and in solid working order. Check it out!
Sometimes you just don’t need to take your ride out on the road that often. If you live in an urban area, it can often be easier to walk or take public transportation because of traffic. Or maybe you have a car that isn’t an “everyday” vehicle and you prefer to store it in your garage and take it out for joy rides every once in a while. Whatever your situation, you DO need to occasionally get the engine running and take your car for a spin. Our Orlando Toyota auto service experts are here to tell you how often and what to do when you get in the driver’s seat.
When to drive your car
First, how often should you drive your car? Our Orlando auto service techs recommend a couple of times a month if you want to keep it in tip-top shape – you could do it less frequently, but once every few weeks gives you a chance to keep an eye on its condition but under the hood and elsewhere.
How to drive your car
Second, what should you do when you get behind the wheel? Here’s what our Orlando auto service techs recommend:
- Check the tires before you leave. Cars that aren’t driven a lot are susceptible to dry rot on the tires and the last thing you want is a flat.
- Take a quick peek under the hood – rodents like to chew wires, so be on the lookout for any damaged wires or hoses before you leave.
- Take note of how it acts when you start it – does the car start smoothly, or does it take a few tries to get going? This can indicate battery trouble, which is common with cars that aren’t run very often.
- Once you hit the highway, plan to drive at least ten miles. Starting your car drains your battery a little bit and driving the car will help to recharge it.
- Try to hit speeds of over 50mph a few times to give your car a workout.
- Pay attention to how it handles – make sure everything is running smoothly and that you don’t notice any odd noises, vibration, or smells when you’re out on the road.
- Fill up the gas tank before you put your ride back in the garage. When cars sit, they’re more likely to build up condensation in the gas tank, especially if it’s not full.
Have questions for our auto service techs or want to schedule routine car care for your ride? Call Toyota of Orlando today – we’re open at 6am and ready to get you back on the road! You can reach us for an appointment at (407) 298-4500.