Make sure your car battery is ready for winter

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(WWLP) – Now that it’s November and nighttime temperatures this week are in the 30s, that means it is time to make sure your car is ready for winter.

According to AAA, car battery replacements increase during winter months. The average life of a battery in the Northeast is five years. After three-years, it could fail at any time so its important to have it checked annually.

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“The higher the temperatures inside a battery the quicker it degrades. Checking your vehicle battery periodically is the best way to prevent battery failure and being stranded. Once your vehicle’s battery is three years old it should be checked on an annual basis,” said John Paul, AAA Northeast Senior Manager of Traffic Safety and the AAA Car Doctor. “As important as checking the battery condition is inspecting the battery cables and connections for corrosion. If there are any signs of corrosion, remove the cables and clean the connections. AAA can provide mobile battery testing and replacement or drive to your local repair shop for testing. Checking your vehicle’s battery before winter should be as routine and checking the engine coolant.”

In temperatures below freezing your battery loses around 35-percent of its capacity and your car demands around 50-percent more energy to run. Driving your car for 30-minutes every few days is enough to keep the battery charged.

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