Tending to Your Car’s Battery

As one of the Florida collision centers in the Jacksonville area, we can tell you that one of the most common reasons people need car repairs is because their battery died. While winter doesn’t wreak as much havoc on batteries in our area as it typically does in regions where temperatures consistently drop below freezing, winter is still a good time to give your battery a little extra attention just in case.

Here are some tips that you can use to ensure your battery has enough power to start your car:

  • Turn Everything Off: While you may think that your entire vehicle is shut down when you take your key out of the ignition, it’s not. Certain systems, such as your navigation system, radio, headlights, and heated seats, may still continue to draw power from your battery even when your car is off. To prevent these systems from draining your battery, make sure each one is off before you remove your key from the ignition and exit your automobile.
  • Clean Your Battery: Although you may not think a battery has to be cleaned, it usually does from time to time. At the start of winter, make it a habit to clean the corrosion off your battery’s cables and terminals. Be sure you wipe down your battery with a rag as well.
  • Test Your Battery: The factory-trained technicians at our Jacksonville, FL collision center want you to remember that testing your battery is a big part of weatherizing your automobile. This is particularly true if your battery is three years old or older.

If you’d like more tips about caring for you car’s battery during the winter, we encourage you to contact Fields Collision Center Jacksonville. You can find us conveniently located at 56 Jackson Road.