Whenever you find yourself with nowhere to go and not much to do, it’s perfectly normal to get a bit antsy. Fortunately, automotive enthusiasts have quite a few options, and none of them require leaving your home. Instead of sitting around scrolling on your phone and getting lost in the news and social media, occupy your car-crazed brain by checking these five suggestions off your “to do” list.

Car Maintenance

Day-to-day hustle and bustle tends to force us to push simple car care tasks aside. Now’s the time to catch up on your vehicle’s upkeep and finish those modifications or repairs you’ve been thinking about for years. If you are waking your car up from its seasonal slumber, here are some tips on how to give it some extra care during this year’s springtime startup. Or, click here for a video with pointers on how to safely sanitize your car’s interior without causing unwanted wear.  

Virtual Museum Tours

Being stuck inside doesn’t mean you can’t go anywhere. The virtual world is right at your fingertips, so you can admire automotive history right on your computer screen at home. Several automotive museums offer online tours, starting with The Peterson Automotive Museum, a favorite destination for many enthusiasts. To help tide you over during the outbreak, the museum is offering a tour of the Vault, the secured underground portion which features over 250 rare cars, including iconic vehicles from movies and television. Immerse yourself in their collection for a mere $3 here.

But wait, there’s more: The Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) is offering a free 6.5-minute tour on their webpage. You can get a guided tour of the Porsche Museum via this popular 15-minute long YouTube video. Thanks to Google Maps technology, car nuts can take a virtual walkthrough tour of the Lamborghini Museum. The Lane Motor Museum features a collection of oddities from the car world, which can be admired here. Another tour worth checking out is the Toyota Museum, which celebrates the history of the automobile and also features Chevrolets, Porsches, Mercedes-Benzs, Volkswagens and more.

Virtual Driving

Forza 4 photo – Stefans02

Driving is one of those truly universal pleasures, and whether your preferred vehicle of choice is a tube-frame kart or an exotic supercar, there’s a racing game out there you’re sure to enjoy. You can even race with friends to cure your motoring withdrawal woes. Forza (available for Xbox consoles and PC) and Gran Turismo (PlayStation) are two well-known platforms for racing simulation. Several practicing pro-drivers are getting at-home seat time with iRacing, a subscription-based online platform, for an even more advanced simulation experience. Also check out Assetto Corsa for a realistic force feedback feel, available for Xbox, PS4 and PC. Last but not least, Formula 1 fans shouldn’t miss out on F1 2019, the official video game of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Catch Up on Popular YouTube Series

Need to zone out for a while? You’ll find several entertaining series on YouTube, like Hagerty’s Barn Find Hunter, where Tom Cotter, author of the book Barn Finds, travels the country in his 1939 Ford Woodie Wagon in search of forgotten classics in barns, backyards and scrapyards. Their Redline Rebuild automotive time-lapse videos provides fast-paced entertainment, and Why I Drive uncovers unique stories about why classic car owners love their vehicles.

For a nominal monthly fee, Motortrend’s premium on-demand service will bring you thousands of hours of automotive content. We can’t think of a better time to subscribe. As of this writing, it’s just 4.99 a month or $49.99 per year if purchased from the Motortrend website, or you can get a full year free by signing up for the Hagerty Driver’s Club.

Keep the Dream Alive

For the automotive enthusiast, driving is what dreams are made of. Though everyone is keeping close to home for now, DriveShare is keeping dreams alive. In fact, if you share where you would go for your ultimate Dream Drive, you could win theirs – a four-day, three-night cruise down the California coast in a Factory Five Shelby Daytona Coupe replica. Now that’s something to look forward to! While you’ve got some free time, let your dreams run wild and enter to win a DriveShare Dream Drive.

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