Expert tips from Team Castrol to ensure your car remains well maintained and safe during stationary periods.
During elongated periods of your car being stationary, many problems can arise such as flat batteries and poor tyre pressure. Therefore, Castrol’s unique experts have teamed up to recommend the best ways of ensuring your car remains in good health, and most importantly, safe for travel. Read below our selected super six tips; from preventing flat batteries, to ensuring brakes are looked after during or following a period of inactivity. Thank you for choosing Castrol, and stay safe.
When sat on your driveway, most cars will have their alarm and immobiliser switched on protecting the car - however, this will also be slowly draining the vehicle battery. The length of time the battery last will depend on make and model of car along with the age and type of battery and could range from a couple of weeks up to 2-3 months. In addition, the alternator in your vehicle charges the battery whilst driving so if you only do infrequent short trips (say once a week to local supermarket), your battery may not get the charge it needs.
If a car is stood for a period of time the tyres could develop a ‘flat spot’ on the area where the tyre meets the ground (tyre deforms slightly due to the weight of the car).
If your car is stood for a long period of time there is a small risk that the brake pads may stick to the brake discs which might prevent the car from moving in the future.
If your car is not going to be driven for a period of time ensure there is no rubbish inside that might smell. With no air moving around inside your car, an old packet of crisps, sweet wrapper or fast food packaging will quickly make the inside of your car smell unpleasant.
When you do have to leave home for essential journeys, try to minimise the potential to contaminate your car by considering all touchpoints.
At times you will need to refuel your car at your local service station. At BP, we clean and disinfect our forecourt and pumps multiple time per hour/day. In addition, there are always disposable gloves handy. If the dispensers are empty due to a previous customer taking the last of them, please ask our staff to refill these for you.
At BP, we’re also regularly disinfecting all surfaces touched by multiple members of staff behind the counter including; tills, keypads, phones etc to help protect you and our staff. We have hand sanitizer dispensers on the counter for customers to use, before using our PIN terminals. We’re also asking customers to pay by card, or use the BPme app to help reduce/ eliminate contact during payment.