How to prevent car battery failures

In Britain a battery fault is the most common cause of car breakdowns on our local roads, with statistics from the breakdown cover provider the AA showing more than 100,000 car batteries were replaced on average over the past few years.

If your own car suffers from an onboard battery failure, or you believe there is at least a risk of it occurring, you can get it checked out and repaired if required by accessing Perrys Online Service Department. Here you can book an appointment online at your local Perrys workshop for service, MOT, repair work or other checks.

When a service garage is checking over your car, they should check that the clamps and connections to the battery are both secure and free from corrosion.

Another important thing for motorists to consider however is the fact that problems with your car battery can be avoided altogether, if you take certain precautions in your approach to using your vehicle on the day-to-day basis.

The rewards for such an approach can include saving you a considerable amount of money that could otherwise end up being spent on service repair bills.

To help you achieve this here is our guide on ways you can prevent a car battery failure.

One simple factor that you should think about regarding your car's onboard battery is the age of it. If you know that the onboard battery is over five years old, then by this stage you may notice signs of the car struggling to start. If this is indeed the case then get the battery replaced as soon as possible.

Although some batteries in this state will be able to run a little longer, the signs of struggling are a clear warning sign that a failure of the car battery beckons.

How you use your car on a routinely basis also has a large influence on how well the onboard battery is being treated.

If you typically use your car for short journeys or leave the car standing for several days in a row on a frequent basis, then it would be recommended that you invest in a modern battery conditioner or an intelligent battery charger. These gadgets are especially designed to maintain power levels on cars which are left idle for a lengthy period.

They can also be left connected to a car battery indefinitely, prolonging its life without overcharging it.

Speaking of your driving journeys, there are other checks you can make just after you park up that could make the difference between keeping the battery in a good state or finding a fault has occurred.

When you've just finished driving your car, make sure that everything electrical is turned off. This doesn't just refer to obvious details like the ignition and headlights, but even also to parts including the interior light, the boot light or the radio.

If any of these gadgets or lights are left on overnight then the car battery can end up drained completely, particularly in cold weather conditions.

Motorists should take even extra care during the winter months, the time which car battery faults most frequently occur.

At this time the cold weather can disrupt the battery as it can cause the power output to drop and will generally be under more use from the various car features which will likely be in use including operating the heater, lights, the heated seats and more.

Motorists can avoid straining the car battery when starting their vehicle in the winter by making sure everything electrical is off from the moment you start the ignition. It easier to demand as little as possible from the car's onboard battery when it initially starts up, particularly if you're trying to get it started on a difficult cold, frost winter day.


All of these steps in taking care of your car battery can prove very beneficial indeed to motorists, ensuring the battery itself takes of the vehicle and driver for as long as possible.