If you're planning an extended holiday or your car will be unused for a while, you're legally required to keep your car insured. That's unless you issue a formal Statutory Off Road Notification at www.gov.uk.
Preparing your car for normal driving upon your return depends on how long it will be out of use. We break it down by 'one month', 'three month' and 'three month plus' categories below.
If your car's battery has a history of failing or you've never left it for longer than a week or two at a time, you may want to invest in a 'smart charger'. This is a device that automatically charges the battery only when necessary. Alternatively, you might consider removing the battery lead if you know the radio code. The following checklist will also help ensure your car is ready and raring for your return:
Heed all the advice from the one month section, in addition to the following:
In addition to our advice from the one month and three month categories, consider performing the following tasks:
Alternatively, remove the tyres and store them in a cool, dark place to remove any unnecessary stress. A commercial storage company with suitable premises can help you maintain your car's condition if it will go unused for a long period.
The qualified technicians at Charles Hurst can help maximise your car's health during an idle period. Please contact your nearest service centre to find out more.