We take it for granted that our car will start every morning when we switch it on, forgetting that a lot of maintenance needs to go into keeping a car running. The last thing anyone wants is to be stuck on a cold winter night because the car battery has died. And yet that’s something that is entirely avoidable.
Keep your car battery in top shape
with these 10 simple tips:
Drive your vehicle regularly to keep the battery charged. If it will be standing for weeks, ask someone to start it occasionally or disconnect the battery.
Stick to the manufacturer’s service schedule to ensure the engine’s proper functioning and extend the battery’s life.
Check the charging rate regularly to avoid under- and over-charging.
Avoid leaving car lights and accessories on without the engine running, as it can drain the battery.
Keep the battery case clean and terminals free from corrosion to maintain charge.
Secure the battery properly in the engine bay to prevent damage from vibrations.
Never attempt to jump-start a flat battery to avoid damaging the car’s electronics.
Park inside a garage in winter to protect the battery from extreme cold.
Minimize short trips, as they don’t allow the battery enough time to charge.
Replace your car battery every 3 to 4 years, depending on driving conditions and weather.
Take care of your battery, and it will take care of you!