BALTIMORE (WJZ) — As more Americans get vaccinated, many are ready to hit the road.

But travel experts say some cars that have been idle during the pandemic need to be serviced for safety.

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Before the pandemic, Nick was driving nearly an hour to work. Now, his morning commute looks a lot different.


“My commute now is from my bedroom to the coffee maker to my desk which is about 20 feet,” he said.

But that may be changing.

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As more drivers hit the road, after a year of hardly using their cars, AAA is recommending getting your car serviced. But first, give your mechanic a call to ask.

“Is there a contactless drop-off where you can just pull up, drop the keys off and let them know, or is there a dropbox where you put the keys,” David Bennett, a AAA Repairs Systems Manager, said. “You want to know the process.”

There are the four main things a mechanic should check:

  • Your battery. Without use, it might have a lower life expectancy.
  • Your hoses. Make sure they’re not dried out or cracked.
  • Your tires. Make sure they’re inflated and not worn.
  • Your fluid levels. Make sure they’re clean and filled.

“…The oil, the transmission fluid, power steering fluid break fluid are the four most common you want to take a look at,” Bennett said.

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Annie Rose Ramos