Let me paint you a picture – It’s a chilly winter morning. You wake up, get dressed for work, grab your coffee, head out the door, and…your car won’t start. Boo! The whole day is ruined.
But wait! Let’s explore how batteries lose power and what you can do to prevent this problem next time.
Extreme temperature changes (hot or cold) put stress on your battery. More specifically, the electrochemical reaction that charges the battery terminals is slowed down by freezing weather. If you work from home or rarely use your vehicle, consider taking short drives every day or two. This will give the alternator time to recharge the battery and help prolong its life.
Since the cold drains power, it’s important to preserve as much as possible for the battery itself. Avoid charging electronics or running the radio when your engine is off. Also, don’t forget to double check that headlights/interior lights are turned off and doors are completely shut when you leave your vehicle.
Final tip – talk to the experts. Your local auto shop can perform regular battery health checks to determine how close you are to needing a replacement. Technicians will inspect all components, clean/tighten leads, and remove any corrosion buildup. If your car feels sluggish or refuses to start, battery corrosion may be hindering performance.
Visit any of our shops for a battery health check today!