The lockdown is actually a blessing for petrolheads

With a further 2-week extension of the nationwide lockdown, South Africans in general are finding it tough to keep busy and finding things to do.

Watching movies and playing games can only do so much in curbing boredom. But, believe it or not, there is actually a silver lining to being at home during the lockdown.

Plenty of saving

Because all shops are closed there is no point to be driving around, with provision only made for medical and food essentials. This also saves you on having to fill up on petrol or diesel as you would have on a normal day. Many people filled up their tanks before the lockdown and still operate with the same fuel.

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With so much time available, this is ideal for people that have project cars and can never get around to getting some work done. Whether it’s dropping a new engine or doing a bit of bodywork, there is more than enough time to go around.

Maybe you bought a 1000-piece puzzle of a Bugatti Veyron or LEGO car replica set just sitting there that you can never get around to finishing. There is no better time than the present to get cracking while also passing the time quicker.

Another beneficiary from the lockdown is the environment. With a reduced number of cars and trucks on the road, there is less CO2 emissions floating around. This means the air will atleast be cleaner for the next couple of weeks.

So, while the country tries to heal itself in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, the free time at hand should be used constructively.