Is your car battery ready for winter?

18 December 2017 / Lindleys Autocentres

As the nights get longer and the weather gets colder, the last thing you need is a problem with your car. Generally you car needs extra attention in the winter months to reduce the risk of a winter breakdown.

Battery failure is one of the most common issues with more issues being reported for a flat battery than any other problem. When the temperature drops below zero, your fully-charged battery will actually only have around two-thirds of its power. A battery over 5 years old will struggle to start in these conditions due to reduced capability to hold their charge.

Another reason your battery is more likely to fail during the winter months is the usage of the vehicle. Generally the vehicle is used less over the winter months meaning when a battery is left to stand for a long period of time they will suffer self-discharge.

So, how should you prevent a flat car battery? We’ve put together our top tips to reduce the risk of a flat car battery.

Age of the car battery

The car battery will naturally lose its charging capabilities after about 5 years. Most batteries are designed to last between 5 and 10 years so if you’ve had your car for a long period of time, the car battery might need replacing.

Keep it warm

Try to keep your car in the warmest place possible, whether a garage or a sheltered area. When the temperature begins to drop and the battery uses more of its charge you want to reserve of much of it as possible, keep your vehicle in the warmest area possible to maximise usage of it.

The use of devices in the car

The use of radio, heaters and other in-car technology increase strain on your battery so using these as little as possible during the winter months is essential, especially when switching the car on and off.

We provide car battery replacements in Nottingham, contact us today to find out more. We will help you find the perfect car battery for you aswell as replacing your old, damaged one.

 

 

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