Tips for your car battery in the winter

Nothing as annoying as when you do not start your car on a cold winter day … Especially after a week of standing still in the cold high mountains (with a ski trip so) this problem can occur.
How can we avoid this?

1. Make sure your battery is in order …
A battery has a lifespan of 4 to 5 years, depending on the type and use. After 3 years we definitely recommend checking your battery and your alternator before leaving on a winter trip.

2. Make sure your battery is charged …
A battery is only charged after a ride of at least 25 kilometers without much stopping, for example on motorways. If your battery is completely discharged, you should use a good battery charger, because then your alternator can be overloaded.

3. Keep in mind that your battery is less efficient at cold temperatures …
At temperatures around freezing, your battery only has 65% capacity, and at -18 ° C only 40% …
Here you can not do much about when you leave for winter sports, but …

4. Do not park your car in the cold if you can avoid it …
A parking garage is ideal, but also a carport or just a place behind a building (and therefore out of the wind) can already greatly help … And a thermal blanket under your car or on the bonnet, can help against the cold from the ground or from the wind.

5. Make sure all your lights and accessories are switched off when you park …
A small interior light that stays on can be enough to stop after a week …

6. Take starter cables with you …
A bunch of good jumper cables take up little space and can help you (with the help of another car) to start smoothly. You may even consider taking a full battery charger with you, but you should also park near a power outlet.

7. And finally a few at startup itself …
– Light your headlights for a few minutes in advance: this way you ‘activate’ the sleeping battery. Because the battery comes to operating temperature in this way, it can deliver a higher ‘start energy’. Avoid using fog lights, and switch the headlights off before starting effectively.
– Turn off all lights, radio, air conditioning etc in such a way that all energy can start up.
– Press the clutch pedal when starting, even if you are in neutral.
– After two start attempts have not yet succeeded? Then wait fifteen minutes before trying again. A battery always recovers a little after being loaded. Also avoid prolonged starting and use short attempts.

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