Whether you’re out on the open road or just driving around town, your car battery can take a beating during the hot summer months.
Contrary to popular belief, skyrocketing temperatures pose a greater threat to your car battery than winter chills. Battery Centre tells you why:
- Heating up
Excessive heat can cause battery fluid to evaporate, which can damage the internal battery structure. High temperatures, combined with heavy traffic on overheated tar roads, can hike up the temperature under the hood of your car and push your car battery to its limits. Batteries are prone to faults during hot weather that worsen gradually and are often only noticed once cooler temperatures set in. It’s therefore vital to maintain your vehicle battery throughout the year, but particularly during warm weather.
- Basic maintenance tips
- Check terminal conditions under the hood regularly.
- Check radiator fluid levels to avoid overheating.
- Ensure battery connections are clean and tight – no dirt, engine grease or corrosion (corrosion often looks blue).
- Refill older batteries with distilled water, if necessary.
- Wherever possible, park your car in shady spots or a garage.
- Expert checks
Take your vehicle to battery specialists every three to six months for safe, happy travelling. Places like Battery Centre offer free battery testing – a thorough assessment of your car battery’s working condition – as well as information on correct charging time, corrosion and battery replacement options.
- Caught off guard
If you’re caught in a sticky situation with a faulty battery, avoid being stuck on the road with no idea what to do. Pull over and put your emergency triangle out as a warning for oncoming traffic. Call for roadside assistance as soon as possible (your vehicle insurance should offer this).
Regular preventative maintenance can help prolong the life of your battery and give you peace of mind before every journey.
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