There is nothing worse than getting caught out with a flat battery – it always seems to happen on the days when you’re in a rush. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to avoid a flat car battery. Here are our top 7 easy tips;
- Don’t skimp on a battery. Get the best you can afford; it will save you in the long run.
- Sun or heat exposure has a negative effect on batteries, particularly older ones. Park in the shade or undercover when possible.
- Similarly, cold weather can also reduce the amount of energy the battery produces and makes it harder for the engine to turn over so be sure to garage your car during the winter months.
- Checked the battery specification matches the vehicle manufacturers specification. Some batteries need to be ordered through your local dealer.
- Turn off all electrical devices before turning off the engine (unless your car does it automatically). Things like leaving the lights on will very quickly drain your battery.
- Batteries perform better if they are used regularly so if your car is often left at home it pays to get it out every 1-2 weeks for a quick “Sunday drive”.
- If you find yourself with a flat battery this is where a battery charger is your best friend. Investing in one along with a set of jumper leads will lengthen the life of your battery and mean fewer calls to roadside assistance.