What happens if you leave your car lights on?

I left for the weekend and I think I left my car lights on in my parking spot. No one else has the keys to my car so I think they’re just going to stay on for the weekend. What happens if I left my car light on for 2 days?

Melanie Mergen · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Your car battery will start to drain if you leave your car lights on while the vehicle isn’t running. Leaving your car lights on for longer periods—such as two days—could lead to stalling or the inability to start your car.
What to do: You’ll likely need a
to get your battery working again. Check your interior lights for any burnt-out bulbs once you have your car running.
Your car battery may not hold a change after a jump start if you have an older model. Batteries generally need to be replaced every few years, so it could be time for a new one.
car battery replacement
could cost $50 to $200+ depending on your car. Auto parts stores and big box stores tend to have the best deals, so start there first!
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