It’s normal to have a checklist before leaving on a trip. Business or pleasure, long or brief, it is entirely normal to run through, at the very least, a mental checklist of things on your way out of town.
While it’s important to make sure all small appliances are turned off, it’s necessary not to forget to prepare one of your most prized possessions for your time away: your vehicle.
Here are three easy steps to prepare your vehicle for long-term parking:
1. Perform General Maintenance
The last thing you want when you arrive back in town after a long trip is to have some kind of car issue on the way home. The best way to avoid that happening is to tend to some general maintenance items before you pull into that long-term parking lot.
- Fill those tires: It’s normal for some air loss to occur as a car sits, particularly in the winter months. Fill your tires to the recommended pressure in your car’s user manual to ensure a safe, smooth drive home.
- Top those fluids: In addition to filling your gas tank, it’s a good idea to add a fuel stabilizer to your tank to keep the gas from oxidizing if you’ll be away for more than 30 days at a time. And if you’re traveling in the winter, be sure to fill up that wiper fluid since you never know what kind of weather will greet you upon your arrival back home.
- Clean it out: Anyone with toddlers knows how easy it is for a vehicle to develop a fruit fly problem right quick. Take the necessary precautions to make sure you don’t leave any sort of food or drinks in the vehicle that could harvest those pesky little buggers while you’re away. And, as long as you’re using that vacuum at the car wash, get the exterior a shiny, clean look as well.
2. Remove things that matter
Safety and security are of utmost importance to most long-term parking options these days. But that doesn’t mean it’s recommended to leave any prized possessions in your vehicle for any length of time, even if it’s only a couple of days. Having valuables in sight while you’re away can be a mighty big temptation for thieves in addition to anything linked to your identity. As a best practice, take your car insurance information and vehicle registration with you to prevent identity theft.
3. Find the right place to leave your car
Flying out of Baltimore? Then there’s one more step we suggest: reserve your short- or long-term parking space with us today.
Econopark Express offers FREE shuttle service to and from the airport, BWI rental car facility, and BWI Amtrak station. Parking and shuttle service includes pick up at your vehicle, help with luggage and complimentary bottled water for the short shuttle ride.
Econopark Express also has a Frequent Parker Program that rewards members with free parking. Earn a future free day of parking for every six paid days of parking.
It’s that easy! Enroll, park, and earn with Econopark Express. Then, savor the rewards and use your savings for the upgrades inside BWI.
If the cold weather takes its toll on your car while you are away, Econopark Express offers a courtesy battery jump start, as well as tire inflation if they start to get low.
And, best of all, travel worry-free because you know you were prepared for your time away!