6 Quarantine Hacks for Auto Enthusiasts
As the Corona Virus Pandemic continues on, we have to find new ways to entertain ourselves. As all regions of the U.S. and other countries are on lockdown to help lessen the threat of spreading the possibly deadly Corona Virus AKA, COVID-19, this situation puts a serious damper on our community. Recently, we posted up a story called “Car Culture Under Quarantine: 4 Ways to Keep the Passion Going,” which highlighted several ways to embrace our love for the automotive scene as we were first entered into this new way of living.
Up until then, enjoying custom cars and trucks was a sport done mostly outdoors. However, during these questionable times we have all adapted to staying at home around the clock. Though we can survive like this for the most part, many of us feel need to fulfill our automotive tendencies. Previously, we had some great ideas on how to move forward during this current situation and it has helped many from going insane. Since then, the lockdown has been extended and it appears that it may not end until the summertime or beyond, leaving some of us in fear of getting stir-crazy. But, fear not, as we have a few additional ideas to help feed your vehicular desires in these odd times.
6. Virtual Driving
With an abundance of free time, now is the perfect occasion to do some indoor racing. There are many ways to take advantage of this on multiple platforms designed for homebound enthusiasts. Virtual racing is the best way to enjoy racing without having to go outside.
There are even some advanced simulators on the market to get the most out of it, but you don’t have to go all in for the sake of racing at home. By doing some simple research, you can easily find many budget friendly options that won’t break the bank.
5. Miniature Racing
Another way to race at home includes the use of remote-control cars. These days, ready-to-run R/C cars can be purchased for only a couple hundred dollars and they are a blast to mess around with.
You can even make tracks in your garage or any other large areas of your compound. We have been fans of R/C drifting and have always seen this as a budget alternative to the real thing before this pandemic.
We also dusted off our own mini slot car track, which is always a ton of fun. Not only do you get to go head to head with someone on a small scale but you can design your own track. Creating a personalized racing circuit in the comfort of your own home is a great way to let your imagination run wild. We set up a track of our own last weekend and it kept us entertained for hours on end.
One thing we have always loved is building with Lego sets. With all this extra time, we have been able to attack the sets we have always wanted to put together. We can now relive our favorite racing moments this way or even create our own.
4. Garage Organization
Though this may not be as exciting as some of the other things on our list, it’s very important to get your tools in line.
We are all guilty of leaving tools in a space after knocking out a job, but it’s good to get organized. With some extra time on your hands, you can not only clean, but better organize your workspace for the next time you need to do some wrenching.
3. Vehicle Maintenance
If you have a garage and a set of tools, there’s no excuse to ignore your vehicles. Get that long ignored maintenance out of the way or better yet, get to customizing.
Now is the time to work on your show vehicle or even your daily as we have less need to drive at the moment. We took our own advice and performed a few mods to our ’62 GMC. Not only have we gotten our truck in tip top shape, we even gained some performance with parts like our new K&N air filter, which added some bling too.
2. Online Research
Now is the perfect time to get on the interwebs to keep the passion going and start learning some new tricks. You can really go far down the rabbit hole here as there is an abundance of ways to discover more about car culture.
This could also be a source of inspiration to implement a new mod on your ride. While you’re at it, you can even order parts as we know most companies, are still churning out products. Though production is a little slower, manufactures are still dedicated to move our scene forward.
1. Make it Shine
Despite the fact that there are no shows scheduled for the next few months, this doesn’t mean you should leave your ride dirty. Some of the lengthier cleaning methods can now be done as you have more time to complete them.
Things like waxing your paint or polishing wheels can be daunting but there’s less excuse for not executing them now. By cleaning your ride during the quarantine, you will be ahead of the game when everything starts up again.
Just because we can’t hang out with groups of other people doesn’t mean we can’t have fun during this time. As you can see, there are still many ways to get your automotive fixes but do remember to exercise safe practices as best you can and follow all the guidelines from the CDC. If we all do our part, hopefully we can kick this pandemic to the curb and get back to the norm sooner.