PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Working from home is the new normal for a lot of people now and their cars are just sitting in the driveway. What can we do to ensure it’s ready when we need it?
A dead battery is the main concern when your car sits around for days or even a couple of weeks at a time. Harry Orlandini, service manager at Bergey Ford in Lansdale, says a battery monitor is the best way to keep it juiced up.
If you don’t have one, go for a 20 minute ride.
“If your battery loses a couple volts, it’s going to push the alternator harder than it needs to be,” he explained.
Which could cause bigger problems down the road.
Jana Tidwell with AAA Mid-Atlantic says dead batteries account for about 40 percent of the roadside assistance calls they have received in the past few weeks.
She says you should monitor your tires as well.
“Adding an extra 10 psi of pressure to each tire will help prevent flat spots,” Tidwell said.
Small animals seeking shelter in your car can be a problem when it’s cold but not as much now that it’s warming up.