Car batteries can be expensive, and replacing them isn’t a fun chore. Here are some simple tips and tricks to keep your car battery working for longer.
Perform regular battery maintenance. Once a month check the battery terminals for corrosion buildup. This buildup blocks the current from easily passing from the battery to the cables, and can become bad enough that the car doesn’t start at all. Use a screwdriver or pliers to clear away buildup, and wipe down dirt and debris found on the battery casing.
Avoid short trips in the winter. People who live in particularly harsh winter climates should be especially vigilant about driving their cars regularly, and not just for super-short drives. Instead of driving to the grocery store around the corner and home again, combine several errands into one trip as often as possible. Short trips don’t allow your car’s battery to fully recharge the energy it lost when you started the car.
Install an insulation blanket. This is something worth considering if you live in areas that see extreme heat or cold. An insulation blanket helps keep a car battery warm in the winter and cool in the summer, helping to extend its useable life.
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