Protecting Your Car During COVID-19

Lack of exercise won’t make your car flabby, but problems with the battery, the fuel and even malevolent wildlife are a real possibility.

If you’re sheltering at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, your cars are likely spending a lot of time sitting in your driveway.

But, much like people, cars need exercise and don’t do well if they sit for too long. How long is too long? Well, that varies, but with lockdowns in many places running over a month now, that’s too long for a car to go with little or no use.

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David Muhlbaum
Former Senior Online Editor

In his former role as Senior Online Editor, David edited and wrote a wide range of content for With more than 20 years of experience with Kiplinger, David worked on numerous Kiplinger publications, including The Kiplinger Letter and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. He co-hosted  Your Money's Worth, Kiplinger's podcast and helped develop the Economic Forecasts feature.