How do you protect your car battery from the cold?
I live in North Dakota. When winter rolls around, my car battery loses its charge and has trouble turning over. How can I prevent this from happening? Is there a good way to protect my car battery from the cold?
Batteries can lose up to 60% of their charge during winter—especially in cold areas like North Dakota. Fortunately, you can protect your car battery by parking in warm areas or using these tips:
- Driving your car regularly to keep the battery charged.
- Buy a new battery with a higher level of cold-cranking amps or purchase a long-lasting warranty.
- Use a heated battery cover to stop it from getting too cold at night.
- Test your charging system regularly at an auto parts store to make sure it’s in good shape—they should test it for free!
The best way to protect your car battery from the cold is to park in a heated or semi-heated garage. An attached garage is best since you won’t need to heat it—but any indoor space will be better for your battery than the cold outdoors.
In case your battery does lose its charge on the road, make sure you have jumper cables and emergency winter materials with you at all times.
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