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Whether you’re now working from home or just cutting back on your social activities, you may not be driving your car as much these days.

An engine's key internal components should always have a thin coating of oil to keep them lubricated and protected, and as your vehicle sits, gravity slowly pulls the oil down to the crankcase. This can cause a major disruption in your vehicle’s function.

Even if it’s just for a quick ride around the block, make sure to start and run your vehicle at least once a week. A weekly turn of the ignition and a quick drive ensure your vehicle doesn’t see any negative effects from decreased use.

To find out more about caring for your vehicle while staying home, visit Car and Driver for helpful tips.