Almost every child learns to sing “The wheels on the bus go round and round”, but what you don’t learn as a kid is that the wheels go round and round because of one essential part: a battery.
The Average Life Of A Car Battery
Your car battery is your vehicle’s life force. The thing that gets it running and keeps it that way. But just like the batteries in a flashlight or remote control, your car battery has a lifespan. Did you know one of the most important factors that effects how long your car battery will last is the weather? It makes sense because a running engine under the hood produces high levels of heat. On a hot day, you will have a severe drain on your car battery, leading to an increased chance of a dead battery. When exposed to hot weather, your car battery will begin to discharge within 24 hours. On average, a car battery can last three to five years, longer with proper automobile maintenance. When estimating how long your car battery will last, consider first the climate of the region you live in.
Regardless of the temperature outside, there are several things to consider when trying to extend its lifespan or deciding whether or not to make the switch.
Here are some tips for extending your car battery life:
- Take longer rides. Plugging in your phone for ten minutes won’t get you a full charge, and neither will short car rides. Take longer, more frequent rides to regularly recharge your battery. If you don’t use your car often, consider investing in a portable car battery charger, which can jump-start your battery in the case you’re ever stranded.
- Secure your battery. You secure your seatbelt when driving. Why not secure your battery? Driving on bumpy, uneven roads puts your battery at risk of vibrating or bouncing around if not properly mounted. This can cause internal damage and short circuits. Ask your mechanic to check that your battery is tightly fastened.
- Flip the switch. Don’t leave your headlights on overnight as this will seriously wear down your battery over time. If you’re unlucky enough, an older battery may even die, preventing you from giving turning on your car to charge. If you are someone who forgets to turn lights off, leave a note on your dashboard, put a sticker on your car remote, or park in an area where you have to walk past your headlights to get to your destination.
- Clear off corrosion. Just like most things, car batteries corrode over time. Keep them clean by scrubbing the terminals with a toothbrush dipped in baking soda and water. After, use a spray bottle with cold water to rinse the mixture off and dry it with a clean cloth.
- Test the voltage. Keep up to date with how your battery is running by testing it with a car battery tester. You’ll be more aware of how well you are maintaining your battery and when you are due for a new one, leaving you less likely to be stranded on the road.
- Don’t idle. If your engine isn’t running, neither should your electronics. Turn off functions like the radio or air conditioner to put less wear and tear on your battery power. Also, don’t keep your car on idle. Extended periods of idling can wear a battery down.
- Treat the whole. Your battery is just a small (but vital) part of a larger whole. Proper maintenance such as regular oil changes, replacing weakened, damaged or broken bulbs, wiper blades, and brakes, can all extend the life of your vehicle, and thus, your battery.
No matter how well you care for your vehicle, sometimes you can’t always foresee when your battery may die. Whether your vehicle has been sitting for too long, your imported vehicle needs general repair, or you need a new battery, we make sure our services are up to date as well as standard. Our expertise will have your vehicle running like new again. Give us a call with any questions.