The government has extended the Movement Control Order (MCO) until the 14th of April in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our country. For many of us, cabin fever is starting to kick in as we approach the two-week mark since the start of the MCO.
While we’re busy finding new ways to keep ourselves entertained, many forget that our cars are also affected by the MCO. If you haven’t been out and about (which you shouldn’t unless unnecessary), your cars might be left stationary for up to 28 days.
In order to make sure that our cars remain in working condition until after the MCO period, Proton has shared a couple of tips for basic vehicle maintenance during the movement control order period.
As our cars are not running, the alternator will not be able to keep the batteries charged up. Proton recommends to start the car up at least once a week, and keep it running for 10 minutes without turning on the air conditioning or radio – as they draw current from the battery, reducing the efficiency of the charging process.
While you are charging up the car, it may also be a good idea to ensure the tyres are still filled to their optimum pressure (usually written on the B pillar or under the fuel flap), using a temperature gauge – or if you’re driving the Proton X70, the built-in tyre pressure monitoring system.
Additionally, leaving your car parked at the same spot for an extended period of time may result in flat spots on the tyres, eventually causing vibrations during driving. Make sure to move the car forward and backwards while you’re charging up the battery too.
While you’re at it, wipe down contact points in the cabin, such as the steering wheel, door handles, window switches, gear lever, and infotainment display with disinfectant wipes, especially if you’ve driven out to get daily essentials during the MCO period.
If your car is parked out in the sun, it’s also a good idea to lift up your wipers. The heat build up on the glass during prolonged sun exposure can cause your wiper blades to harden, making them less effective. And a tip of our own – cover up your windows with sun shades too to prevent early degradation of materials.