With the national lockdown well underway, it’s probably going to affect the battery of your car in some way.
While we’re all working from home, looking after the kids or just taking this time recharge, your car battery might be taking a beating. With strict regulations in place to restrict movement, your car has more than likely been parked in the same place for days. This prevents the battery from being charged, which usually happens when you drive, and, depending on the age of the battery it may lead to a flat battery.
To prevent this from happening, here are a few simple tips to caring for your battery during lockdown. These tips will also give you something to do while you’re stuck at home.
- Switch off electronics.
Such as the radio and lights, this will prevent the battery from draining unnecessarily.
- Start your car at least once a week for 15 minutes.
This will ensure the battery and starter are cranked regularly to prevent battery drain.
- Shut the doors, bonnet and boot properly.
This limits the onboard safety notifications from unnecessary draining of the battery.
- If the battery is flat, jump-start the car as per the manufacturer’s instruction.
In the unfortunate event that your car battery has gone flat, check the manufacturers manual on how to jumpstart your car. This prevents damaging any of the electronics. Once the car is switched on, let it run for 15 – 30 minutes or go for a short drive. Try plan this around a trip to the shops so you are not out on the road unnecessarily.
Warning signs you need to look out for that may indicate a weakening battery.
- Your car is experiencing interrupted starts or starts very slowly.
- The battery indicator on your dash turns on even after the engine has been running for some time.
- Your battery loses power quickly in cold or extended starts.
- Your headlights are dim at idle but get brighter when you rev.
- Under normal circumstances, any of these signs should prompt you to get in touch with the battery specialists to see what type of battery is best suited for your car.
Keeping you moving forward
Whether it’s a run for groceries during lockdown or taking the kids back to school after the lockdown, the battery specialists have just what you need to keep you moving.