July 1, 2020How Do You Keep A Car Battery Charged During A Lockdown?
We’ve all been guilty of neglecting our cars during the lockdown, but if you’ve started worrying about returning to a flat battery, it’s not too late to get in some good habits.
That’s why, this month, the Treadfirst team are going to be offering some key tips to help you keep your car battery in good condition for the rest of lockdown, so you can be on your merry way when things finally ease up!
How old is your battery?
It’s always best to think about the age of your battery first, as this will give you a good indication as to whether your charging problems are your own fault, or simply because the battery needs replacing. The majority of car batteries are supposed to last around 5 to 7 years, so if yours is older than that, you might want to look into getting it replaced, this will save you a big headache down the line!
If you’re not sure how old your car’s battery is, open the bonnet and have a look. All car batteries will be stamped with a code which states the date of manufacture.
Start your car regularly
The best way to keep your battery charged during lockdown is to start your car up regularly and leave it running for a while when you do so. This is because your car battery’s charging function requires the engine to be on. Of course, when we use our cars on a day-to-day basis, this isn’t something we have to worry about, but lockdown is a different story.
We recommend starting up your car every couple of days, just to be on the safe side.
Avoid extreme temperatures
If you’re reading this at the time of publishing, then it’s mid-June and the temperature is really ramping up. In such temperatures, battery fluid can evaporate and cause serious damage to the battery, so it’s always a good idea to store your vehicle in a garage if that’s possible.
It’s also worth noting that cold temperatures can also quickly drain a car battery, so when winter rolls around, try avoiding too many late-night drives.
If your battery terminals have corroded at all, this could be a contributing factor towards charge drain, so it’s best to give them a thorough inspection. Corrosion usually forms around terminals with faulty connections where acid has been allowed to escape. So ensuring the terminals are fitted tightly and the battery seated properly is the best way to go.
If you notice any corrosion or residue, wipe it away using a clean cloth to make sure the connection isn’t obstructed.
Consider a trickle charger
If you’re a busy person and don’t have time to check up on your vehicle too much, a trickle charger might be for you. If you have your vehicle parked on your drive or in your garage, a trickle charger can simply be plugged into the mains and connected to your car. This will ensure that you have a steady stream of charge throughout the remainder of lockdown, and you can focus on some more important things.
If you would like a professional eye to take a look over your vehicle so that it’s ready for post-lockdown life, turn to Treadfirst. We have a wealth of experience within the industry and will always provide a comprehensive and honest service. For more information contact us today and we’ll get you scheduled in at a time that best suits you.