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Car Battery Care: Winter Maintenance

Written on January 20, 2016 at 1:25 pm

After months of wet, warm weather, temperatures have recently plummeted. To minimise the impact of the cold spell on your day to day routine, ensure you take the necessary steps to protect your car battery, which can be particularly susceptible to failure at this time of year.

 

1. Switch it off

Heated seats, lights, wipers; not forgetting your satnav and ipod. Ensure all devices are switched off and unplugged (where relevant) when not in use as they can have a high demand on your battery.

 

Car Battery Care

 

2. Check and check again

A drop in temperature can affect the chemical process inside the battery and cause it to slow down and reduce the ability it has to hold charge. Older batteries are more prone to a reduced performance so checking and charging the battery if needed on a weekly basis is recommended.

 

3. Be Patient

A cold car with a battery more than a few years old may need a bit of help to get started. Turn off everything electrical in your vehicle and dip the clutch to reduce the load on your battery before turning the ignition.

 

Winter Battery Care

 

4. Regular Use

If you are planning a long journey and your car has not been used for a few days during a cold spell, your battery may need charging before you head out. One of the biggest reasons for roadside recoveries during winter is car battery related problems.

 

5. Risk vs Cost

If your battery is more than five years old and showing signs of difficulty to start, it is worth considering getting it replaced. Investing at this stage could save costly roadside repairs further down the line.

If you do find the cold temperatures have an impact and you require a replacement battery, our full range of automotive batteries are available around the country through our extensive distribution network.

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