The holidays are fast approaching, but with the challenges we face today, it’s unlikely to be like any season we’ve experienced yet. Indeed, 2020 has been a year where many of us aren’t driving as much as we used to. But that doesn’t mean you should scale back on taking care of your vehicle. There are several key car maintenance steps you should take when you’re driving less to help ensure its health and longevity for the new year.
Don’t use your parking brake
Your parking brake is great for keeping you safely parked even on a steep hill, but you don’t want to use it long-term. If you leave the parking brake on for too long, it can cause the brake pads and rotor to stick together.
Give it a wax
Sitting idle for an extended period of time can cause more buildup of debris on your car, which can cause the paint to deteriorate and even cause rust. Protect your car’s body and paint by waxing and sealing it.
Park in a clear area
If you’re going to be leaving your car to sit for days or weeks at a time, it’s important to pick the right parking space. Try not to park underneath a tree if you can help it, especially in the fall, when your car will get covered with fallen leaves. If you have to park under a tree, invest in a car cover to keep the elements out.
These are just some of the ways you can take care of your ride when it’s not getting as much action. For all your car maintenance needs, even when you’re driving much less than normal, let the experts at Mitchell Buick GMC in San Angelo, Texas, get you squared away.
Plenty of families take the opportunity to explore the Lone Star State via a family road trip. For many, the complete adventure includes every member of the family, even the ones who walk on four legs. If you are planning on taking a road trip with your pet, there are several things to keep in mind.
Get a vet check-up prior to the trip
The last thing you want to happen is for your pet to suddenly become sick during your extended trip. To ensure that they’re happy and healthy, take your pet to the vet for a check-up right before your trip.
Use a ventilated crate
If you don’t have room for your dog or cat to move around in the cabin of your vehicle, you may need to opt for a travel crate instead. Just make sure that the crate is well-ventilated so that your four-legged family member can keep cool.
Prep your pet for the trip
Leading up to your big road trip, take smaller drives with your dog or cat in the car. This will help them familiarize themselves with the process and put them more at ease when the trip finally arrives.
Never leave your pet in a parked car alone
During the hot summer months, a dog or cat can suffer a heatstroke if left alone inside a parked car. During the winter, leaving your pet in the car can cause them to encounter frigid temperatures. No matter what time of year you take your trip, never leave your dog or cat alone in a parked car.
If you are looking for a vehicle to explore Texas in — pets included — come check out our large selection of pet-friendly vehicles here at Mitchell Buick GMC in San Angelo, Texas.