As we reach the peak of winter here in Bolton, ON you will most likely be contending with a lot of issues as you try and stay warm and safe while dealing with freezing rain, snow, ice, etc. One of the most frustrating issues to contend with during the winter months is a dead car battery.

Low temperatures affect your battery in a couple of ways. First, since oil has a tendency to thicken in cold weather, it takes more work for your engine to turn over. Second, cold temperatures slow down the chemical reactions that occur inside of batteries to generate electricity.

Here are three things you can do in order to avoid encountering problems with your car battery between now and spring:

Get it Tested. If your battery is more than three years old, it is recommended that an automotive technician run a diagnosis on it to make sure it is ion a good state of health. Even new batteries can lose significant power in below-freezing temperatures so having an expert take a quick look at your engine-starter is advisable during the winter.

Give it a Break. Using car accessories that draw power from your battery force it to work harder and drain quicker. Accessories that are powered by your battery can include lights, your sound system and electrical devices plugged into the internal power socket(s).

Trickle Up. A simple and popular way to make sure your battery is properly charged is to invest in a ‘trickle charger’. These low-amp chargers are easy to install/use and take the load off of your alternator, which can only produce a small amount of wattage and wasn’t designed to charge a dead battery.

Winter is a challenging time for drivers in Bolton and dealing with a car that won’t start is the last thing anyone wants to deal with this time of year. If you have any issues starting your vehicle or if you have any questions whatsoever about its health, be sure to give Albion Auto. a call at 905-857-8413 . Our trained technicians are dedicated to keeping you safely and reliably on the road all year long!