How can we watch a drive-in movie without draining our car battery?

I’ve been to a few drive-in movies with friends over the past couple of years, and I’ve seen many people’s batteries die during the movie. My partner and I are going to a drive-in this weekend, and I don’t want that to happen to us. What’s the best way to avoid draining our car battery at the drive-in?

Chloe Jenkins · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Here are some tips to help you watch a drive-in movie without draining your car battery:
  • Let your car idle, recharging the battery, before you shut it off.
  • Disconnect anything that may be draining power, like subwoofers or amplifiers.
  • Bring a portable radio to get the movie sound and turn your car off completely.
  • Turn off all of your car’s lights.
  • Get a new car battery.
These tricks should keep your car battery from dying. If you’re worried, you may benefit from trying a combination. 
If your battery ends up dying anyway, make sure you have a pair of jumper cables in the car so that a fellow movie-goer can help you get back on the road.
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