Five Tips For Maintaining Your Car Battery Before A Trip

What could be better than enjoying a long drive and some beautiful scenery? If you love a road trip, now is the perfect time to tick a couple of destinations off that bucket list and hit the road. 

Every car has its own personality, with its own quirks and foibles. Although some cars do provide a smooth-sailing adventure for road trippers, some trips can be ruined by cars performing poorly. These types of unpleasant experiences can be simply prevented by sending your cars for maintenance more consistently and frequently. To help you, we have compiled a checklist for you to follow through with regard to the servicing process of your cars before you start your road trip. If your car battery is already at the end of its lifespan, get a car battery replacement.


Examine the battery level

Most of the time, people get confused between battery levels and battery states because of their similarity. They are actually different in the way they are inspected. Battery levels can be determined by the total number of electrolytes on the strips. 

If the number of electrolytes is too small, the cell can be recharged with liquids such as boiled or natural distilled water. You must ensure you have the right ratios when charging the cell so that its quality is ensured while not surpassing the boundaries. If you go on a long trip with an exceptionally low or high battery level, the cell is probably going to deplete quickly because of the imbalanced electrical charges. A normal electrolyte charging ensures that your car cell is able to function properly for a decent amount of time without having to change it.


Replace and recycle aged cells

The most common thinking one has with regards to a smoother and enjoyable car ride would be to get a newer car. This is true, because almost all car cells are useful for around five years, though this is subjected to a mix of other causes such as its age and climatic conditions. An old car cell can also be recognized with our naked eyes by the corrosions and leakage of liquids from the container.

Upon discovering any fault, you have to bring your car for maintenance as soon as possible and request a cell change. Changing the car cell has many benefits such as better riding experience for the passengers. Upon replacing the old batteries with new ones, your car will be less susceptible to faults and less damages to the environment.


Ensure the cell is sterile

Cells have different levels of efficiency with regard to the grime it collects. Some cells are more sensitive to the amount of dirt in the immediate surroundings and perform poorly while some cells perform perfectly fine even though there are huge amounts of dust present. However, as a car owner, you should know that dirt collected near the clamps and cables are more likely to degrade the functionalities of the machine as the transfer of charges between the cell and other parts are directly affected.

Dirt, grime, corrosion, and water can result in small incidents that have major consequences, such as flickering lights or unpredictable engine breakdowns when your cell level is extremely low. Neglecting the cleanliness of your car engine, especially near the cell, can lead to engine failures due to an unsteady battery charge. Hence, ensuring that you have cleaned up the area around your car cell before embarking on your trip can be advantageous by ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey.


Ensure the cell is charged

Cells are able to function due to the electrical charges. Therefore, a cell can only keep basic operations if it is constantly supplied with sufficient electrical power. Regardless of whether you drive frequently or rarely before you drive it out, you must ensure that its cell is charged and ready to transport you.

Most people prefer to charge their car cells with trickle charge and float mode top up as they make sure to increase the cell level and enable it for an immediate drive. Such replenishments can help to recharge a battery and aid drivers who do not like to change their car cells frequently.


Store your car inside

This advice might be ridiculous to some people initially, however it has been experimented to prove that keeping your car indoors can help to preserve your car’s cell. Researchers have proved that car cells are impacted when unprotected against intense temperatures. Intense temperatures include extreme heat from summer and extreme coldness from winter. Such weather conditions will cause your car cells to lose their electronic charges when they are exposed to them.

Cars in such environmental situations for prolonged periods of time can ultimately result in a dead cell. Recharging batteries that are exposed to such conditions might be harder to do so, which will in turn render only one option for car owners, which is to change the car cell for a new one. Therefore, storing your car in confined spaces where there is shelter, such as shades or sheltered parking spaces can actually ensure your car cell is more durable and function better in the long run.


Bottom Line

In conclusion, we have offered five crucial pointers for all car owners who are thinking of going on long road trips to maintain your car’s cell. This can help to prevent any unwanted mishaps from popping up and ruining your holiday mood during the trip. We have heard too many regretful stories about botched trips due to technical difficulties with the car and the car cells, and we do not want the same thing to happen to you and your loved ones. Although this regular maintenance sums up to a substantial amount, it will not exceed the amount you have to fork out should your car battery go flat during your trip. Therefore, regardless of whether the trip is a short or long one, do ensure you have a checklist ready, which includes our five tips, to prepare you for your fun adventure!

Stewart Thurlow

Stewart Thurlow

I once shared a lift with Meryl Streep & Julianne Moore. Oh, & Victoria Beckham smiled at me. UK Editor for ADDICTED.
Stewart Thurlow