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In case you needed another reason to go for a long drive

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 at 7:19 pm
A stock photo of a car sitting alone in a driveway.

How often do I need to drive my car? 

Even though states around the country are beginning to lift their shelter-at-home orders, there will still probably be many people who continue to limit their trips away from their houses. One of the worst things a person can do for their vehicle is to just let it sit. If you’re wondering, ‘How often do I need to drive my car?’ A few Meridian Honda product experts took it upon themselves to find the relevant information and share it with people who might need it. Simply put, you should take your car for a drive at least once a week for several miles. This will help prevent many of the problems that can come with leaving a vehicle idle for too long. Let’s take a look at what they found. 

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What happens when a car sits too long? 

There are few things that will happen to a vehicle if it sits in the driveway too long without being driven. The first thing that an owner might notice is that the battery becomes weak if not requires a jump start. Automotive batteries get recharged during the normal course of driving. Its stored power will begin to dissipate after a week or two without moving. The other area that will be an early problem area is the tires. Normal temperature fluctuations can cause a drop in a tire’s air pressure that could easily lead to a loss of fuel economy and handling. 

How long should I drive? 

It’s important to regularly get a vehicle’s engine up to the proper operating temperature to make sure that critical components are kept lubricated and various seals and gaskets are kept soft. Simply starting the engine and letting it run in the driveway for a while isn’t going to be enough to accomplish all of that.  

The experts our team spoke with recommended that people drive their vehicles for several miles and do their best to get out on the highway for a bit. This will ensure proper lubrication for everything that needs it. Finally, be sure to run the climate control system just to make sure moisture doesn’t accumulate and grow mold or mildew. 

If you have any questions about how to best take care of your vehicle, please reach out to a Meridian Honda representative today. 

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Noone was pushy, they listened to what I wanted. They were very fair to deal with. My time in and out was fast.
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Friendly staff, great service. Purchased 3 Hondas here and use them for all my service and tire needs. Sales and service are the best.
I just liked when I pulled up everybody was so friendly I love the clean building the service was excellent the service was long they were very prompt I just enjoyed my service
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Welcome to Meridian Honda in Meridian, MS

Honda has become the most-trusted brand in America. Meridian Honda seeks to follow this example and become the most-trusted dealership in the Meridian area. From our sales team, to our service department and body shop, we want our customers from the past, present and future to be confident knowing they will receive the highest level of care and respect when they visit Meridian Honda.

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