The horrible feeling of turning the ignition in your car or van and having nothing happen has probably happened to everyone at least once, and in cold weather, this is even more likely to happen.
Why are batteries affected by cold weather
There is a reason why batteries are affected by cold weather and freezing temperatures. Most vehicle batteries use a liquid electrolyte solution to hold their charge, and this solution is affected by temperature changes.
Cold weather can negatively affect the electrolyte solution’s ability to transfer full power, and in extreme freezing conditions, batteries can even freeze completely.
How using your vehicle affects the battery
How we use our vehicles affects the battery. For example, in winter, we’re more likely to have our lights on, use the heating system, rear window defrosters, heated seats, and windscreen wipers, which use more battery power than usual.
If you’ve been using your car less frequently due to a combination of lockdown restrictions and the icy weather conditions, it can also affect your battery. Your battery charges itself when the vehicle is running, so if you’re using it less than expected, it may be discharging too much and becoming flat between uses.
To look after your vehicle’s battery, it is also important that you remember to turn off everything when you turn your ignition off, this way you do not need so much power to turn the car on when you start it next.
Take advantage of our free battery test
At Trostre Tyres, we are offering a free battery test for all of our customers. If our battery test shows that your vehicle battery is old or damaged, it may be worth investing in a new one to avoid future issues. Our team will talk you through the state of your battery and can discuss the best options for you. We offer a full car battery replacement service, carried out by our highly trained team to get you back on the road in no time.
If your car or van does require a new battery, you can use our Payment Assist service to help with this. Our Payment Assist service means that you’ll pay just 25% of the cost of your new battery and fitting up front and the remaining cost will be spread over three months, (with no additional fees or interest).
We have branches in Llanelli and Pontarddulais and are open Monday to Saturday each week. To book your car in for a free battery test, give our team a call on 01554 227373, and a member of our team will be delighted to assist you.