In Brockton, Randolph, Stoughton, and all over Massachusetts, we humans do a lot of funny things when the temperature starts to drop. We pack on the cable knit sweaters, double up on jackets, add scarves, hats and mittens. But what about your car battery? If you’re not careful, you could end up with a frozen ride that won’t start. So to avoid getting left out in the cold this winter, we’ve put together a few winter car battery tips.
Turn Off the Radio
We understand that maybe you’ve just made the best winter playlist that side of Randolph has ever heard. We also understand how amazing those heated leather seats are. But starting your car with its electrical equipment like the radio and heat already running can suck up valuable energy from your car’s alternator which prevents the battery from charging. Instead, try talking to your passengers or practice your a cappella version of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful.”
Keep Warm under the Covers
It’s the coldest day of the year in Brockton. The snow has been falling in steady flurries since dawn and you just put the last dry log onto the fire. Oh yeah, did we mention it’s Sunday? You’re probably curled up under the covers with a Netflix marathon ready to go. Well, your car battery could use a blanket too. A plastic insulation blanket can keep your battery warm in the winter, helping to prevent the battery fluid from freezing and subsequently extending the life of your battery. You’ll want to make sure there’s enough room for the blanket around your battery first or opt for a smaller battery if you’re purchasing a new one.
Steer Clear of Short Trips
Winter weather driving can be very unpleasant, causing drivers around Brockton, Randolph and Stoughton to take quick trips to the store and back or to just avoid driving altogether. Neither one is really that good for your battery. You’re car needs to be occasionally started to keep a charge but those frequent short trips can be an exhausting workout for your battery – and not the good kind where it gets super ripped. It takes a lot of energy for your battery to start up your vehicle and the less often you start the car, the less work your battery has to do. By combining a few short errands into a longer trip, you’re not only likely to give your battery an easier workout, but you’ll probably get more done too.
Keep It Clean
One of the most common causes of battery failure in Stoughton and cities across the northeast is from corrosion buildup around the battery terminals. Corrosion happens when a faulty connection is present that allows for battery acid to escape. By regularly inspecting your battery and cleaning away any corrosive residue, you can help your battery through the harsh winter months. We suggest using a screwdriver or pliers to scrape away any buildup (make sure the car is off first!), then tighten the clamps on your battery. It might be surprising to learn that dirt on the casing of your battering can actually drain its power. Simply use a damp rag to clean away grime and debris to keep your battery clean and running smoothly. However, there are some things that a light dusting just won’t fix. If you’re experiencing battery complications, need a battery replaced, or are looking for additional information on how to protect your vehicle this winter, Collison 24 of Brockton has staffed professionals that can help. Visit their service page and see why Collision 24, with its state-of-the-art facility, has been the trusted repair center for residents in Stoughton, Randolph, and Brockton.