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Car maintenance during lockdown

News, May 21, 2020
Car breakdown advice

During lockdown, millions of drivers used their cars far less than normal but as the government starts to ease measures, the volume of cars on our roads is increasing, as highlighted by the AA breakdown call-outs are nearly back to pre-lockdown levels.

Here are some suggestions on how you and your customers can help to keep your cars ticking over.

Batteries and charging

Without being used regularly, car batteries can lose charge. This may mean they don’t have enough power to start the engine. The best advice is to rely on your essential journeys to keep your battery healthy or take your car out for a drive for 15 – 20 minutes each week. In most cases, this will be sufficient to top up the battery charge.

Tyres and brakes

Check the pressure on each of your tyres before you drive. It’s possible that tyres could have gone down if the car hasn’t been used.
If your car has been left in wet or damp conditions, the brakes maybe a little noisy when first used. This is normal, gently apply the brakes when driving and this should help to clear up the issue.


If you’re not planning on driving your car for a prolonged period of time, it’s worth filling up your tank to reduce the likelihood of condensation building up. Condensation inside the tank may result in water being added into the mix.

Hopefully, the positive news we’re hearing on the UK’s management of the coronavirus will continue and BAU will inch ever closer for us all. In the meantime, if we can help with any aspect of your insurance needs, or you’d like to speak to a one of our advisors, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.