Importance of Maintenance Even When Driving Less

Is Car Maintenance Necessary if You're Driving Less?

If you're driving less and therefore racking up less mileage on your Toyota than normal, do you need to consider car maintenance to keep it running at optimal performance? Absolutely! Our Toyota technicians at Toyota of Del Rio, TX, share car maintenance tips for times when you're driving less. Although you may not be adding to your vehicle's mileage, two other important factors are still at play: time and weather.


Be Sure to Have Your Oil Changed Even When Driving Less

The oil in your vehicle can degrade over time, with contamination and moisture. We recommend you have your oil changed approximately every six months, even if you aren't racking up the miles. Bring your Toyota car, truck, or SUV to Toyota of Del Rio, and we'll get your oil changed out quickly!

Take Care of Your Toyota's Various Parts with Periodic Drives

Going long periods of time without driving can cause issues for the various parts within your Toyota. The belts and hoses can deteriorate, causing potential damage and leaks. Your tires can develop flat stops in the area which touches the ground if the wheels aren't rotated forward or backward. Your tires can also lose pressure over time. One of the biggest concerns, however, is your Toyota's car battery. Without frequent short trips, your car battery may continue to drain, to the point where it dies and leaves you stranded. To prevent this, take your car for a short drive every few weeks to keep it charged and ready to go. Even five minutes around the neighborhood can save you the hassle down the road.

Degradation Can Occur Due to Inclement Weather

Leaving your Toyota out in the elements can cause damage from inclement weather. This could include UV light, snow, hail, debris, pollen, and leaves, as well as bird droppings. If you leave your car, truck or SUV outside for an extended period without driving, we recommend the following:

  • Use a car cover
  • Fill up your gas tank to prevent moisture buildup
  • Don't park under trees, if possible

Get a Checkup for Your Toyota When You're Ready to Start Driving More

Just as important as keeping up with preventative maintenance when you're not driving frequently is the need to get your car checked for potential issues before you start driving more. Come to Toyota of Del Rio, in Del Rio, TX, and we'll give your vehicle a thorough inspection to make sure it is ready for the road. Whether you live in Cienegas Terrace, Val Verde Park, or Laughlin AFB, we're just a short drive away. It's well worth it for the peace of mind you'll obtain knowing your Toyota is functioning properly and safely. We offer shuttle services for your convenience, as well as beverages and snacks, and free Wi-Fi. Use our easy online scheduling system to book an appointment when you're ready to start driving more.

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