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How often should we drive our cars

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How often should we drive our cars

My vehicles have been sitting in the driveway unused. How often should we go out and do a short drive just to keep them working?
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At least once every two weeks, or you might run into battery issues or potential flat spots on tires depending on weather conditions. That said, car dealers have cars sitting for weeks if not months without driving or potentially starting and they work.
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Dealers know to start their cars up and rotate them in the lot. Brakes will start to rust after 2 days.

Need to drive 6 km or about 10 minutes at highway speeds. To burn oil properly at operating temp.

No radio etc to charge battery.

Good question btw.
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Battery is usually the first thing that goes.
I recommend you buy a smart battery maintainer.
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I'd suggest once a week, especially if its a car with lots of electronics or a tiny battery. If its cold more often. Run/drive it till it warms up all the way.
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facebook259 wrote: My vehicles have been sitting in the driveway unused. How often should we go out and do a short drive just to keep them working?
I'd say at least once a week warm it up and go for a short drive, making sure to brake very hard to clean the rust off your brakes.
If it rains, I would recommend going for a drive as soon as it dries up.
If you park indoors, then brake rust is less of a worry, and you could get away with every 2 weeks.
If you have a battery charger, charge it at least once a month, but every 2 weeks would be ideal, especially if your car tends to drain the battery. You could also disconnect the battery if you're up for it.
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fordmaple wrote: At least once every two weeks, or you might run into battery issues or potential flat spots on tires depending on weather conditions. That said, car dealers have cars sitting for weeks if not months without driving or potentially starting and they work.
Modern tires don't flat spot. You may get a temporary rumble for a couple of miles. Biggest issue is the battery running flat and driving it every few days for short distances isn't going to help.
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Just drive around for no reason and that's the daily break.
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People store their cars for months at a time during winter etc. A few weeks is nothing. Only thing like mentioned is the battery. If worried either unplug the battery or buy a battery charger/maintainer.

But really that’s only if you won’t be touching the car for a few months.
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I take out my car every weekend for 30 mins at highway speeds.. hopefully that's enough lol.
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I take mine out everyday for like 14hrs.

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Badman wrote: People store their cars for months at a time during winter etc. A few weeks is nothing. Only thing like mentioned is the battery. If worried either unplug the battery or buy a battery charger/maintainer.

But really that’s only if you won’t be touching the car for a few months.
This is the way to go. We regularly have cars sitting for 1-2 months at a time with no issues.
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If outdoors every 2 weeks with a solid 20-30min drive, unless it rains then try to do it no long after. If in the garage, then I would do it every month.
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A few weeks isn't going to do anything. Do you have someone take your car out for a drive while you're away on vacation for a week or two, or is it just sitting there waiting for you to come home?

Only thing I would suggest is unplugging your dash cam if it's hardwired for parking mode.
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