How Can I Make My Car Battery Last Longer?

Car battery being charged

If you’ve ever tried to start your car after work or perhaps late in the evening after a night on the town, and wham, the engine doesn’t turn over, you’ve likely experienced the stomach-sinking feeling of having a dead battery.

There are a number of ways in which drivers drain battery power faster than normal, so we’ve come up with a list of recommendations which will help ensure that you get the most life out of your car battery.

  1. Use your garage! Many drivers have garages that they simply don’t use, but in the summertime it’s imperative to keep your car out of the sun whenever possible.

  2. Park in the shade if you don’t have a garage or carport.

  3. Stay away from aftermarket sound systems and car alarms. Factory versions are safer, and in fact, aftermarket alarms and sound systems are known to cause parasitic drains more than anything else.

  4. Ever wonder, “Is it bad to charge my phone in the car?” The answer is no, it’s perfectly fine to charge your phone in the car. However, it’s best to unplug the phone charger when you’re not using it because it may still drain power even when the car is not on.

  5. Check that the battery’s restraint system is working, i.e., that the battery is not moving around. It should be firmly in place when touched.

  6. Have your car battery terminals inspected and cleaned. When performing battery service, our certified technicians will handle this among other aspects.

  7. Refrain from idling for long periods of time.

  8. Turn off your lights, radio and other accessories when the car isn’t running.

  9. Look at your battery! Does it appear bloated, corroded or out-of-shape in some other way? Doing a quick visual inspection will tell you a lot and give you an opportunity to get any preemptive maintenance done – so take a peek every few months.
Categories: Service, Tips & Tricks
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