June 22, 2024

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Prolonging the life of your car battery: 4 top tips

While it’s unavoidable that car batteries will at some point reach the end of their life, there are a couple of ways to ensure you get the most out of yours. By putting in the effort to look after it properly, you improve its efficiency and avoid having to invest in a new one much sooner.

Here we take a look at four useful tips to help prolong the life of your battery. Hopefully, it will see you well for many more years to come.

Drive often and long

If you expect to leave your car unused for several days at a time during the winter, you may find that the battery struggles to start itself when you try to start the engine. To prevent this from happening when you next go in for work, try to charge the battery by going for a few driving trips.

You’ll find that this is most effective when the journeys are longer, more specifically above 20 miles. Allowing your car to run for longer durations ensures that the battery gets the chance to fully recharge, which may not be possible during short trips.

It’s also worth noting that you should refrain from aggressive driving habits, particularly for larger vehicles or SUVs like the Hyundai Tucson. Things like sudden braking, forceful acceleration, and fast turns can all wear out your engine more quickly.

Avoid using non-essential features

Our need to be comfortable in our cars does come at a cost. Features like heating, Bluetooth connectivity, and sat navs all drain our battery. Where possible, aim to turn electricals off to save charge and always double-check that these are turned off when exiting your vehicle.

Even something as small as leaving the boot light on overnight can end in a flat battery in the morning.

Have the battery checked regularly

It’s said that a battery should be replaced after five years but this is judged on a case-by-case basis. Some batteries can fail in as little as three years or last much longer depending on how you drive the car and the condition it’s been kept in.

Having your battery checked by a professional on a regular basis ensures that it has no visible corrosion and that the clamps and connections are secure. It could be that it needs replacing; in this instance, check with the manufacturer to see if you’re under warranty.

Prevent it from getting cold

A flat battery in the winter isn’t uncommon since the cold weather affects the power output as well as the battery’s capacity to accept charge. Combine this with the need to use your wipers, keep lights on longer, and put your heating on and it’s easy to see why vehicles break down so often this time of year.

Sometimes, leaving your car in the cold is inevitable but there are some steps you can take to reduce the damage done. For example, leaving your car in a garage or a fenced area can increase the temperature slightly and protect your vehicle from the elements.