Winter is upon us. Cold weather, deep freezes and winter precipitation can often damage car batteries. Batteries die at a higher rate during the winter.
During cold weather, it takes more energy for a car battery to start a car. If the battery has damage or is old, the excessive energy use may cause a battery to die or not function properly.
Battery maintenance should be a priority for every driver. The typical battery lasts around five years, and many can last much longer. The average cost of replacing a car battery is around $200 according to repairpal.com.
Battery replacement can be a very hefty cost. In most cases, your car insurance won’t cover battery replacement due to normal wear and tear or purposeful negligence.
It is your responsibility to make sure that a battery functions properly. Not only will a functioning battery protect your money, it can also protect your car itself. You don’t want a bad battery to put a drain on the rest of your car.
Here are some tips to keep in mind to manage your battery health and make small adjustments.
- Don’t leave on your headlights, radio or other internal electrical systems. Turn them off before turning off the car. If you leave these on, they can drain your battery without your knowledge.
- Make sure that battery cables are not loose. Also ensure that the battery does not leak and has no corrosion.
- Consider keeping your car covered or in a garage. These steps help insulate the engine and the battery and can reduce the effects of cold on batteries.
- If your battery does die, don’t attempt to restart the car multiple times. If the car won’t crank after one or two tries, don’t drain residual power by attempting to restart the car.
- When you have to use jumper cables to restart a car, leave them connected long enough to build up power. Also, many experts recommend that you drive your car for a period of time after jumping it to rebuild power.
- Have your mechanic regularly check your battery’s water levels, insulation and power terminals.
- Batteries are sensitive systems. If you are not a car mechanic, you shouldn’t attempt to replace or fix a battery yourself.
Car batteries have long lives. They cost a large amount to replace. You want to do everything you can to keep your battery properly functioning for as long as possible. Following some of these steps will help you do so.
Insurance Planning Service is here to help you. If you want to learn more about Michigan auto insurance and battery maintenance, visit our auto insurance page on our website. You can also call us at (800) 220-5582.