The prevailing situation of COVID-19 has made us confined to home and our cars have been parked again for a long time, thanks to the second wave of this deadly virus that has swept India. However, it is also important to take care of our vehicles when they have been parked for a long time and be prepared for any situation in anticipation, as getting outside help is risky and complicated. Here is a list of some of the car accessories you should have on hand in these trying times.
Firstly, a car sanitizing kit that basically includes an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, sanitizer, a pair of gloves, and some masks. While it’s pretty clear why you need hand sanitizer and a mask, sanitizer can be used regularly on frequent contact points on your car such as door handles, rearview mirrors, interior grip handles, steering wheel and door handle. Switches and a touch screen for infotainment, among other things. Just a warning, be sure to turn off the car’s air conditioner before spraying disinfectant as it is dangerous. A fancier disinfection kit can also include things like a nano-spray diffuser and a safety touch switch, among others.
While previous air purifiers were developed to address pollution levels in areas like Delhi NCR or even Mumbai among other areas where the AQI is low, some FDA-approved air purifiers also have the potential to mitigate Risks. To spread the virus inside the car. While standard purifiers use fans and filtration systems to trap large particles circulating in the air, they rely on special ultraviolet A light to break down pollutants at the molecular level. A chemical reaction produced by light destroys particles once internal filters get trapped in them and what comes out is purified air.
Now, it is not recommended to keep the parking brake on your car if it has been parked for a long time. The brake cable tends to lock and the wheel will not be free when work is resumed. While it’s recommended to use first gear while parking, the wheel lock buckle will give you that extra layer of safety to ensure your car doesn’t tip over forwards or backwards, as well as reduces the risk of theft.
Tires tend to lose pressure if the vehicle has been parked for too long. Electric air pumps are easily available online and you just need to plug them into your car’s 12v outlet, set default limit, and connect to the tire valve.
Puncture Repair Kit-
Finding a piercing shop now is a nightmare, and if you own one, you’d better do it yourself. Most cars these days run with tubeless tyres, and a hole repair kit is easily available online in many cases, you don’t even need to loosen the wheels to fix them.
Yeah! Another nightmare. Many of us might be in a situation where the battery drains if the car has been idle for too long. While it is advisable to start your engine at least once a week and keep it running for about 15 minutes, it is best to have jump cables on hand as well just in case! Of course, you also need to know how to use jump cables.
Wheel Lock Clamp-
Now, it is not recommended to hold your parking brake if it has been parked for a long time. The brake cable tends to lock and the wheel will not be free when work is resumed. Although it is recommended that first gear be used while parking, the wheel lock buckle will provide that extra layer of safety to ensure your vehicle does not tip forward or vice versa, as well as reduce the risk of theft.