How long does it take to charge a car battery while driving?

My friend just jumped my battery for me, but now I need to drive it around to help it recharge. How long will it take for me to charge my car battery while driving around?

Keeping your battery charged can help it stay in tip-top shape—and all you need to do is drive! While your battery should charge in about 30 minutes when you drive on the freeway, it could take up to an hour on city streets.
In general, you should drive around for at least 30 minutes after jumping your car to make sure you get a good charge. If you’d rather not drive, you can also purchase a battery charger to save some time. These can also be helpful if your battery dies, and you don’t have time to take it for a ride.
If you’re worried about your battery giving out on the road, sign up for roadside assistance with Jerry. The Jerry app’s leading roadside assistance connects you with their nationwide network of over 55,000 service providers. Membership includes services like jumpstarts, towing, key replacements, and lockouts—all for as little as $50 a year!
Liz Jenson
Answered on Nov 18, 2021

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