How do you protect your battery in winter?

My battery died last winter due to the cold—I didn’t even know that was a possibility. What can I do to protect my battery this winter?

Answer
Having your battery die on you can be a shock, but yes, there are a few things you can do to try to protect it from the cold.
The best thing you can do is to park your car in a garage whenever possible. If you have to park outside, try to avoid windy spots.
Another thing to try is to be patient when you turn your car on in the morning. Don’t let it idle, per se, but wait a minute between turning on the ignition and the heat.
Finally, visit your mechanic before winter comes. They can make sure your battery isn’t experiencing any other problems and perform a general tune-up to keep your engine running smoothly.
In speaking of wintertime problems, it’s always a good idea to invest in a roadside assistance plan in case you get stranded. Jerry has partnered with Urgently to provide a comprehensive roadside assistance plan for only $6.99 a month.
Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 15, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.
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