When the temperatures drop, you will want your vehicle to be safe and reliable when you drive it. Part of this includes making sure that the battery for your vehicle works. No matter if you are on your way to work, school, or driving for fun, having your vehicle start is important. Make sure to bring your vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. By doing so, you can help ensure the battery is able to last as long as possible.
Between regular inspections, you can inspect the battery on your vehicle yourself. Check to make sure the terminals are not dirty or have corrosion on them. Also make sure they are tight and can properly keep the current. If the terminal is loose or has corrosion, it may assist in the battery starting to fail. If you notice this, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can fix it for you as soon as possible.
Also be aware of what might be draining your battery. Turn off your headlights, radio, and heat before starting your car in the cold. It is also a good idea to limit how many gadgets you ask the car battery to charge while driving. By doing so, you can help to ensure the power from the battery is going to the starter. Also unplug mobile phones, tablets, chargers and other electronic devices when you do not need them, especially when the car is turned off. While the battery does not run down immediately if a device is being charged while the engine is not running, its capacity over time can decrease from the overall effect of multiple devices drawing current from it. You will also want to start your vehicle in the winter and allow it enough time to warm up. This can help the oil get properly lubricated when you need to drive.