In the winter you will want your vehicle to be reliable, and able to start when you need it to. One way to help ensure this is to make sure to have the battery inspected. Keeping the battery clean and efficient will help improve the reliability when you start your car. The electric current generated by a battery is produced when a connection is made between its positive and negative terminals.
When the terminals are connected, a chemical reaction is initiated that generates electrons to supply the current of the battery. Lowering the temperature causes chemical reactions to proceed more slowly, so if a battery is used at a low temperature then less current is produced than at a higher temperature. As the batteries run down they quickly reach the point where they cannot deliver enough current to keep up with the demand. If the battery is warmed up again it will operate normally.
Also make sure that you remember to turn off the extra things in your vehicle, to help improve the power of the battery. This can include the heater, radio, and anything that is plugged into the cigarette lighter. That way when you start your vehicle, all the power from the battery is sent so your vehicle will start. Then you can turn on the heater and radio when it has started. If you start to notice an issue with how the vehicle starts, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the battery, starter, and alternator for you. This will help you to have a safe and reliable drive this winter.