As the coronavirus pandemic reaches its peak and more states are imposing shelter-in-place restrictions, most vehicles are hibernating in garages or on the street. How long can a car sit before it is negatively affected? What sort of exercise should it get? Does it matter?

Most newer vehicles won’t need the more extreme measures taken by snowbirds who winterize or store their vehicles for up to four months. Yet there are practices we can borrow from them and steps we can take to make sure cars run when things get back to normal.

We spoke with David Bennett, manager for repair systems at AAA, and tapped into his 33 years of automotive experience to get a handle on what needs to be done.

The Car Connection: What should owners do with vehicles that are sitting during shelter-in-place restrictions?

David Bennett: In the short term, there’s not a lot you need to do. But I would…

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