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Dec 21

How To Conquer The Cold and Car Batteries

Posted by:AutoMoney

It’s a well known fact that car batteries do not particularly like the cold! As the temperature begins to plummet, you might find that your battery gives you more and more grief – especially if the car is not driven for a few days.

If you want to get the best out of your battery during the cold winter months, here are a few top tips:

  • When you are about to switch off the engine, try and turn off all non-essential items, such as heaters, rear window heaters, wipers, and air conditioning. This will mean that the next time you start your car, there will be less demand on the battery with less things to power. 
  • Make sure that you shut your boot correctly – this is not only to make sure that your car isn’t broken into as well as the potential for water gathering in your boot, but also for the battery. Your boot will have a light in it that will come on when the boot is open. By making sure the boot is properly shut, you will avoid the light being on all night, possibly draining your battery. 
  • When you are out and about, avoid, where possible, the overuse of electronic gadgets such as sat navs, in car DVD players, and external MP3s as these can all have a detrimental impact on the battery due to their heavy usage requirements. The same goes for car heaters and heated seats. 
  • When possible park your car in the garage to protect it from harsh weather conditions. Not only does this help protect the battery, but the shelter of the garage will also help to protect the external car bodywork from the snow, ice, and other adverse weather conditions. 
  • Ensure that you test your battery at regular intervals, especially if the battery is over three years old, as this is the age at which they tend to start to deteriorate.

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