Toronto, May 13, 2020 – With Canadians respecting physical distancing, many people are staying home as much as possible – and that means their vehicles are being used much less often. That’s excellent news in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 – but not so great for the vehicles.
“Vehicles are designed and engineered to be driven – and parking them for extended periods of time can lead to various issues,” said Bryon Stremler, National Manager, Product Quality and Service Support at Toyota Canada.
Fortunately, he says there are a few simple steps every owner can take to ensure their vehicle remains in good working order.
“The best place to start is to take the vehicle for a 20-minute drive once a week,” he explains. “This helps keep the battery charged, many essential systems lubricated and moving parts corrosion-free.”
If you’re only going out for essential trips that would normally require a shorter drive, you can always incorporate the 20-minute drive into the trip – for example, by taking an indirect route to the grocery store. As long as one leg of your trip is at least 20 minutes long, your vehicle will benefit.
Here are some of the specific components that benefit from Stremler’s suggested 20-minute weekly drive:
Other things Toyota Canada’s Bryon Stremler suggests you consider doing whenever your vehicle is parked more often than usual:
Finally, don’t forget about regular maintenance. If in doubt about how to maintain the health of your vehicle, the best place to start is always the owner’s manual and the service professionals at your local dealership.
“Vehicles require regular servicing, even if they’re not being driven,” said Stremler, noting that the recommended service interval for all Toyota and Lexus models is 8,000 kilometres or six months, whichever comes first.
Since many dealers have changed their procedures to ensure physical distancing and other health measures, drivers should contact their local dealer before visiting to discuss their needs.
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