Consequences of Not Driving
Many people do not realize that there are negative consequences of not driving. With COVID, people worked from home and restricted their activity which meant cars sat cars idle. This is not ideal for your vehicle. Driving your vehicle keeps moving components properly lubricated and your battery charged.
A vehicle that is not driven for a long period of time may incur one or more of these problems:
- Flat spotting—the weight of your vehicle may cause “flat spots” where the tire meets the surface
- Dead or drained battery
- Small animals may nest under your hood
If you must put your car in storage or leave it idle for an extended period of time, take the following precautions to protect your car and prevent unnecessary repairs and expenses.
Before You Go
- Make sure all fluids are changed and topped off. Fluids will break down over time so this is important.
- Make sure your battery is fully charged
- Fill tires to 45-50 PSI to prevent flat spots
- If your vehicle will be outside use sunshades or have your windows lightly tinted to protect the car from overheating and the interior from fading and damage
After You Return
- Start vehicle and let it run 15 minutes to let fluids circulate and lubricate
- Get to a service station as soon as you are able
- Have your electrical system checked
- Have belts and hoses inspected for dry rot
- Have fluids changed
- Check wipers blades before use, could be dry rotted and scratch windshield
If you have any questions, please contact our Service team at 843.573.4995 or by completing the form below.
Our Service team is always happy to help our customers. Kia Country serves the Greater Charleston area. If you live outside this region, please contact your local Kia dealer.