How to Care for Your Unused Car

Unused Vehicle - Hickory, NC

Cars are meant to be driven, and sitting unused for long periods of time isn’t likely to be beneficial for your ride. If you’ve been driving less than usual, or if you have a second car that you don’t use often, check out these tips for keeping your idle vehicle in good shape.

Take a short drive

Taking your unused car out for a 20-minute drive each week is the No. 1 way to care for it. This will help charge up the battery, preserve moving components, protect the tires from flat spots, and keep rubber parts from drying out. Make sure you actually get your vehicle moving — just letting it idle doesn’t have the same effect, and can even be dangerous if done in an enclosed space.

Get protection from critters and crud

If you park your vehicle outside, make sure you clean it regularly so the exterior isn’t damaged by bird droppings or bad weather. You should also take care to park away from bushes or garbage cans, which can attract North Carolina wildlife that might want to make a new home in your engine compartment. If you haven’t started up your vehicle recently, you may want to tap on the hood to scare away any four-legged intruders.

If you experience any problems with your car after long periods of disuse, why not upgrade to a new one? Our sales staff here at E-Z Way Auto Sales in Hickory will be happy to find a vehicle that fits your lifestyle at a great price.

Stay Safe in the Storm: Tips for Driving in the Rain

GPS in rain

GPS in rain

We have experienced some extreme weather in recent months, from hurricanes to unseasonable snow. To feel more prepared for the next dose of stormy weather, take a look at these quick tips for driving in the rain.

Pay attention to the wind

Even if you drive a larger vehicle, you should stay aware of the wind. Heavy gusts can come out of nowhere. Pay attention to weather forecasts, turn down music or other media, and keep two hands firmly on the wheel. Some areas that are particularly susceptible to heavy wind will have road signs posted to warn you, so stay on the look-out!

Drive slowly but don’t crawl

Lower your speed when rain and wind start to escalate, but be aware that not everyone on the road (especially the freeway) will do the same. If you feel that visibility is so bad that you cannot safely operate your vehicle, find the safest place to pull over, put on your hazard lights, and stay in the car until the weather improves.

Make sure your lights are on

The minute you turn on your wiper blades, you should turn on your lights. This helps other cars see you when the rain might otherwise make it difficult.

Increase your following distance

When driving in the rain, make an effort to increase the space between yourself and other drivers. An extra second can be the difference between a close call and a collision.

From all of us at E-Z Way Auto, we wish you safest travels all year long.