Don’t you just hate it when you come back after a long time away from home, and your car just won’t start no matter what you do? For those who travel and leave their vehicle unused, this has happened at least once, especially when you drive yourself to the airport.
Many travelers consider long-term airport parking as a better option, particularly when they will be gone for an extended period. It is more convenient as they can drive themselves home instead of having someone pick them up or spending a lot on taxi fares.
However, there are some things you need to check before leaving your car to make sure it’s in great shape when you come back for it. These things are easy and sensible to do.
But you’ll be surprised how some people just board their flights without considering giving their vehicles an extensive check-up before leaving them behind.
That’s why we’ve put this list together to help make sure your car is safe, and you won’t have any problems with it when you return from your long trip.
- Check your battery. If you’re going to leave your car for a long time, make sure the battery is fully charged. When it is not used in a while, the battery tends to drain, especially when it’s almost out of charge.
- Check your vehicle’s fluids. Make sure your fuel tank is full and check if there is any residual moisture in your gas tank. You can also use a gas stabiliser to help keep your gasoline fresh for a long time. Also, consider getting your oil changed if you’re leaving your car for more than 30 days.
- Check your tyres. Find out the correct tire pressure and make sure to inflate your tyres to the proper levels. Also, watch out for flat spots. Your tyres can develop them if you leave your car stationary for an extended period.
- Don’t forget to turn off all lights. Make a habit of turn off your headlights, as well as your interior lights to prevent your battery from draining.
- Don’t leave any valuable items behind. Check your glove compartment and other areas of your car. You might forget leaving something important behind, like keys, cell phone chargers, money, what have you.
- Choose long-term indoor parking. Don’t let your car be exposed to the elements for a long time. Your car paint will quickly depreciate and gradually start chipping off. Choose to reserve an indoor parking spot. It will be worth it in the long run.
- Make sure surveillance is available. The last thing you want to happen is for your car to get burglarised. When you look for an airport parking service provider, ask if they have closed circuit TV to monitor your car and see if their parking area has enough lighting to deter break-ins from happening.
- Watch out for critters. A long-parked vehicle can be a huge draw for all sorts of creatures. They can move in and have their very own staycation inside your car. Be sure to check the openings where they can enter and hide in your car’s nook and cranny.
Moreover, a dirty and smelly vehicle can attract them even more. So, make sure to remove any litter and have your car cleaned before leaving it behind.
Travelling doesn’t have to be stressful. We hope that these simple tips can make your trip more enjoyable and keep your car in excellent condition when you return.
We’d love to hear from you! What tips do you have for parking your vehicle for a long time? How was your experience? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.