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Don't get stranded: tips to extend your car battery life

There's nothing worse than being stranded with a dead battery, especially when you're in a rush. But did you know that with a little TLC, you can help extend the life of your car battery and avoid unexpected breakdowns? Here are some practical tips to help you keep your battery healthy.

Test it regularly

You might not think about it, but your car battery needs regular check-ups just like you do. A battery that's past its prime can lead to all sorts of problems, including engine issues, stalling, and hard starting. To avoid these headaches, make sure you test your battery regularly, especially as we head into the colder months. If you're not sure how to test your battery yourself, don't worry - our expert mechanics can help through our AutoServe network. And if you're a member with us, our Roadside Assistance team will even test it for free.

Take it for a spin

If you don't use your car very often, your battery may not be getting the recharge it needs. To keep your battery in top shape, take it for a spin at least once a week, or more often if possible. This will help keep the battery charged and ready to go when you need it most.

Give it a scrub

Just like anything else in your car, your battery can get dirty over time. And if you don't clean it regularly, it can lead to leakage and a flat battery. But don't worry - you don't need any fancy equipment to clean your battery. A simple scrub with a damp cloth will do the trick. Make sure you do this at least once a month and ask your local mechanic to give it a more thorough cleaning when you take it in for a service.

Don't let it run flat

We've all been there - you get out of your car and realise you left your headlights on. But did you know that running your battery flat can actually damage it? That's right - charging a battery from flat can affect its health and longevity. So, if you want to extend the life of your battery, be sure to turn off all lights and electronics before you get out of the car.

With these simple tips, you can help extend the life of your car battery and avoid the hassle and expense of unexpected breakdowns. So why not give your battery a little love today? Your future self (and your wallet) will thank you.