The impact the coronavirus has had on the global population is both shocking and debilitating. Local authorities have urged and even mandated people to stay at home and practice social distancing. But in reality, it’s hard to do. That’s especially true if you’re an avid car enthusiast who loves to take to the roadways as much as you can. What makes it even more tempting is the fact that gas prices are the lowest they have been in decades.
But thanks to the pandemic, many roads are empty, most people are at home. In most parts of the Northern hemisphere, spring is coming. Unfortunately, there will be no car shows, but there is still lots you can do while waiting for the virus to subside. Although it doesn’t involve perusing car shows or visiting the track, here are some other ways to practice your hobby while social distancing.
20. Visit the Car Forums and Message Boards
Before social media killed message boards and forums, they were temples of automotive knowledge. In the early 2000s, there were thousands of different forums all over the web. Most of them focused on one brand or type of car, but there were general automotive ones also.
Soon, social platforms like Facebook groups killed the forums, which was a shame. Forums and chat rooms offered a lot of quality information, hard-to-find details, and firsthand user experiences. Fortunately, many still exist and are invaluable if you want to restore a car, maintain your vehicle or thoroughly research a topic.
So the quarantine days are perfect for searching bookmarks for old forums you once visited. Reconnect with your old message board pals and find out what has been happening there. You will probably find more exciting stuff and see what you have been missing out since your last visit. Surf the web and discover some of the many newer forums, too.