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5 Easy Ways to Prevent Your Car Battery from Dying in Winters


We always dread that experience -- we're ready to go on a cold morning, but our car batter has other plans.

We say we are ready to do all we can to avoid the “click” of a dead battery, but many of us ignore the basic steps that can save us. Thankfully, you can prevent your car battery from dying in winter through the following steps.

But first, you need to understand triggers. There are several common reasons for battery failure. Is your battery getting old? It is time for a change. But we wouldn't understand its crux if we overlooked why car battery dies during winter. Car batteries find it hard to survive winter because of how electric charges are created in the battery.

A battery needs less power and voltage to start a car when it is warm. However, a drop in temperature would slow down this process. Imagine you’re to run 100 meters during summer, easy, right? But try running that same distance during winter beneath the frosty snow.

Here are some quick tips to prevent your car battery from dying in winter:


Always replace your car battery every four years, whether during Autumn, spring or winter. A weak battery is always a weak battery. If you have been using a car battery for five years straight, then you're just asking for a click one winter morning.


Park in a warm place, such as a garage or underground. Parking underground is one of the best options during these times. Do not park your car in the driveway, if you can help it.


Turn off the electrics, such as the lights, the radio, and the heater, when not in use, but make sure your car isn't idle. You're conserving the energy for better times. However, you should drive your car at least 10km a few times during the week to keep the engine going and fresh. When driving, you keep the alternator working, which is replenishing the power used initially to start the engine. And if you'll be using your car for a very long period the next day, you should charge the battery overnight. Give it that boost it needs to avoid a cold death.


Get your battery checked by professionals frequently. It would help if you allowed a qualified service member to check your battery before winter begins and again during winter.


Clean your battery every morning. Always wash your battery, detach the cables and clean the terminal. You can also apply terminal grease when you place the connection.