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Keeping your car in working order while it's parked

Posted at 10:33 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 01:33:04-04

We're not driving as much right now, but there are some simple things you can do to make sure your car keeps running as it should.

AAA says first: Don't let your gas tank stay too low.

"You do want to keep it 3/4th full or full," said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. "That's because it helps reduce the condensation in the car in your gas tank which is better for your gas."

AAA also says add fuel stabilizer. It'll help the car start easier. It will also keep the gas from going bad.

Some other things to be mindful of if you're vehicle is staying parked:
A battery tender can help keep your battery charged.
Prop up the wiper arms so the blades aren't touching the windshield and won't get stuck to the glass.
Add ten extra PSI of pressure to each tire to prevent flat spots from forming.

If your car is staying parked, don't use your parking brake.

"Your parking brake can become frozen or your parking brake pad can deteriorate over time"

AAA also suggests social distancing at the pump.

Try not to park near where someone else is pumping. Use disinfectant wipes or gloves handling the gas pump or pin pad. If you don't have either, they say a plastic bag works too.

AAA also says you should disinfect the inside of your car regularly. Focus on all the places you touch, like the steering wheel, gear shift, door handles, radio, and the dashboard.