5 Reasons why your car needs to be used, even when you WORK FROM HOME
REDUCED BATTERY LIFE.
When you don’t drive your car, the engine never starts. Due to which the battery never gets charged or used.
When the engine is turned on, it helps the battery to get charged with the help of an alternator – a device that generates electricity by rotating its shaft with the help of engine connected via a belt.
Driving your car also consumes electricity from the battery for all the electronic devices like heater, fan, music system, lights, navigation, etc. This helps to pull some electricity from the battery which then gets charged with the help of an alternator.
This flow of electricity to and from the battery helps maintain the good health of the battery.
Below is the image of an alternator for your quick reference.
BRAKES GETTING CORRODED
Brakes are designed to sustain wear and tear caused by frequent braking, which occurs only if you drive your car. Without driving your car, at least for a few kilometres, the surface of disc brake (which cannot be painted) gets corroded due to the moisture in the atmosphere.
Now, why can’t we avoid this by applying some chemical coating or paint? the simple reason is, the surface needs to be clean enough to create the required friction between the brake pads and the rotors (disc) to stop the moving car, even at a higher speed, and also when fully loaded.
Therefore, the only way to maintain the brakes in good condition is by using it.
TIRE GETS TIRED WHEN KEPT IN THE SAME POSITION FOR A LONG TIME
Tires, as you may already know, are made from rubber and other materials, where the rubber is a major material. Now if your car sits at the same spot for a long time, the tires don’t get a chance to change their position. As a result, the bottom portion, which is in direct contact with a flat surface never changes its shape until you move your car.
Since the tires are not made from metal, they possess the property of changing their shape over the period of time if their position is not changed. Even if they are fully inflated. This is because of its design & flexibility which gives your ride the required smoothness (unless you are driving the flintstone car with wooden or stone wheels)
LIKE TIRES, WIPER BLADES ARE ALSO MADE FROM RUBBER
Wiper blades are in direct contact with the windshield made from glass.
Glass is rigid and a good conductor of heat, whereas rubber is flexible and a bad conductor of heat.
When the rubber is kept in the same position for a long time, it loses its flexibility and becomes brittle. Now add the heating and cooling factor of the windshield made from glass. It increases the wearing speed of wiper blades. Once the blade deteriorates, it does not serve its purpose of cleaning the windshield, especially during harsh weathers like rainfall and snowfall. That increases the risk of an accident exponentially.
A good practice to reduce the wearing effect of wiper blades is to lift the wipers when not in use and reduce the contact with the windshield especially during changing weather conditions.
OIL SHOULD BE CHANGED EVERY 6 MONTHS REGARDLESS OF MILES
Engine oil degrades when the car sits at the same place for a long time. It loses some viscosity and lubricating property over a period of time, irrespective of miles driven. Oil also collects condensation while sitting when the temperature changes. An engine needs to warm up to a certain temperature in order to eliminate the moisture from the oil chamber before it gets mixed with engine oil.
In one line – your car, its engine and all the other parts are designed to stay in a good condition when you drive.
If you don’t drive, your car starts deteriorating over a period of time.
Now the question is:
How much do I need to drive in order to keep my car in a good condition?
Well, the answer is:
5,000 kms/6 months