I drive an older car that I always knew would break down some day in a bad place and need towed. I figured I could always easily look up the number of a towing company using my phone's internet service if I ever needed to. Recently, my car started making an alarming sound that led to me pulling off the road while driving down the highway. It then wouldn't start back up. I grabbed my cell phone and went to do a web search to find a local towing company, and I realized I had used up all of my data plan for the month! It was late at night, so I had to call and awaken friends until someone answered who could help. I created this blog to help others avoid the same embarrassment as me. Always keep the number of a tow truck company in your car.
When you find yourself constantly replacing your car's battery, it can be puzzling as to why it is happening. Under normal driving conditions, a car battery will last about 4 years. If you are swapping out your batter for a new one more frequently, there are changes that can be made that will help improve the battery's lifespan.
Tip 1: Break Your Bad Habits
Bad habits are usually to blame when a car owner finds that they are frequently replacing the battery. For example, following cars too closely can cause you to brake quickly, which sends vibrations through your car that may cause damage. Your car is a series of connected parts that work together in harmony, and when the system experiences sudden jolts, you run the risk of causing damage.
Chances are that you have been driving the exact same way for many years, and you are not aware of the amount of wear-and-tear that is put on your car because of those habits. Defensive driving classes can help teach you about techniques that are not only safe, but better for your vehicle.
Tip 2: Purchase An Insulation Kit
Even with improved driving habits, there is a kit you can buy for your battery that helps insulate it from impact. An insulation kit for your battery is essentially a cradle that helps it absorb shocks that can change the battery's position. They are sold at auto parts store, and your local auto shop can install it for you if you do not know how to do it.
Tip 3: Unplug Accessory Devices
With so many tech devices that you take with us every day, like a GPS, smart phone, and tablet, you may find yourself needing to charge these items in the car. Leaving the charging device plugged in may be draining your battery, even if it is not actively charging a device. The constant draining and recharging of the car battery will shorten its lifespan.
Tip 4: Clean The Battery
Dampness and dirt can cause a battery to lose its charge over time. Any time you have service done to your car, check the terminals and case for cleanliness, and clean them if necessary.
If the day comes when you do find that the battery is dead and needs replacement, contact your local auto repair shop. They can sell you a new battery, and install it for you if necessary.