Have you ever been at that point in the week when you just don’t have money to spend on anything else? The last thing you need to happen is for your car battery to take a crap right at that moment. You know how frustrating it can be to have car problems and money problems, so here are 5 tricks to make your battery last longer to prevent these types of situations:
5 Tricks To Make Your Battery Last Longer
Keep your Cables Clean
Rust and corrosion can cause your battery to work harder because the corrosion blocks the current from passing through the battery to your vehicle. Everything lasts just a little longer when it’s clean. So, scrape away any debris on your cables with a screwdriver (while car is off).
Try not to start your Car Often
Starting your car takes more battery power than it does to drive your car. If you want your battery to last longer, keep your vehicle running when making short trips, or avoid driving short distances altogether.
Unplug your cables if you can
If you won’t be using your vehicle for longer than a couple days, unplug your cables. Unplugging your cables prevents the battery from draining any power while your vehicle is not in use. Be sure you know what you’re doing and cables are tightened before starting your engine.
Limit the Gadgets
More and more vehicles are coming with power hungry gadgets. If you can, limit the gadgets pulling power from your battery. Things like heated seats, heated steering wheels, DVD players, and navigation systems can take a toll on your battery. The less you use these extra gadgets the longer your battery will last.
Get a Battery Recharge
You can buy a battery charging kit, or take your battery to AutoZone once a month to recharge. Each time you use your battery, the alternate must recharge the battery. If you don’t drive your vehicle long enough to recharge the entire battery, you can end up killing your battery quicker. It is recommended to recharge your battery completely once a month to increase its life.
When it comes to saving money, everything helps. If you find your battery is dead and you just don’t have the funds to buy a new one right away, take it to get a recharge. This charge can usually give you an extra couple days. Also, warming it in the sunlight can help as well. However, following these tips can ensure your battery lasts much longer. Be sure to check out our post on National Car Care Month as well.