How do you improve car battery life?

Is there a good way to improve a car battery's life? I want my battery to last for as long as possible. I've gotten some tips from friends but I'm not sure what to believe.

Car batteries usually last from 3-5 years, depending on how you treat them. If you’re negligent, the battery could die even earlier! That being said, you can always use these tips to improve your car battery’s life:
  • Try to keep short drives to a minimum. Your engine actually recharges your battery as you drive, so short trips will prevent it from charging as it should.
  • Always turn off your lights when you turn off the car. Leaving electrical components on while the engine is off is an easy way to kill your battery fast.
  • Make sure that your battery is tightly fastened. Loose connections could lead to inefficient electricity usage—meaning your battery might put out more electricity than your car uses.
  • Test your battery whenever you can. Knowing your battery’s condition can help you take steps to keep it from dying.
  • Keep your battery clean by scrubbing away any corrosion with a mixture of baking soda and water.
  • Care for your whole car by keeping up with regular car maintenance. Cars are complex, and one failing part might create inefficient conditions for the battery.
If your battery does die at an inconvenient time, you should have roadside assistance with Jerry app. Jerry’s leading roadside assistance gives you access to their network of over 55,000 service providers across the United States. That way, you’ll have access to services like jump starts, key replacements, and towing—no matter where you are!
Liz Jenson
Answered on Oct 28, 2021

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