Safety Center

Getting Back on the Road

As government officials implement steps to ease restrictions placed to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, more people will be driving.

If you have been driving regularly, you will need to get reaccustomed to sharing the road with more vehicles. For those who have not been driving, here are six tips to get you and your car ready for the road.

Distracted Driving:
Old habits are hard to break for some drivers. It is important to keep your eyes on the road as other drivers may be more focused on their phones.

People often drive faster when the roads are less congested and may continue speeding when restrictions are lifted. Be sure to maintain a safe speed and be aware of others speeding.

Test Drive:
Get reacquainted to braking, turning, and maintaining the proper distance between cars on local roads before you drive on a major highway.

Tire Pressure:
If your car remained idle during the shutdown, check your tire pressure and make sure it is at the manufacturer's recommended inflation.

Battery Terminals:
Check for any oxidation or corrosion around terminals and use a small bristled brush or old toothbrush to remove.

Fluid Levels:
Make sure your oil, brake, transmission, and washer fluids are at proper levels.

In addition, if you do not plan to drive often, make it a habit to take out your car 10 to 15 minutes every three to four days. It will keep your vehicle's fluids circulating and its moving parts lubricated.

Learn more about how NJM is helping policyholders deal with the impact of COVID-19.

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  1. Jeff S. Bartlett, “Car Care and Maintenance During the Coronavirus Pandemic,”, (March 28, 2020).

  2. Alex Leanse, “How to Check the 6 Essential Fluids in Your Car,”, (April 7, 2017).

Our Safety Center pages are filled with tips related to the safety and maintenance of your home and autos. The information contained in these articles should not be construed as professional advice, and is not intended to replace official sources. Other resources linked from these pages are maintained by independent providers; therefore, NJM cannot guarantee their accuracy.