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Getting started in cold weather

When the temperatures drop at this time of year and your car struggles to start or won’t start at all it is more than likely an issue with your battery.

Cold and damp weather can play havoc with batteries as the electrical systems on your vehicle have to work much harder at this time of year and your starter motor needs all the current it can get to start the engine in these icy temperatures.

With vehicles becoming more and more advanced the demand for electricity in a car now is more of a problem than ever. Th team at Henson recommend you check your battery at least once a week during the winter time, and if needs be charge it, especially if it is more than 3 years old.

Cold temperatures effect the chemicals in your battery, slowing it down and reducing its ability to hold the charge. If your battery is over 3 years old it is likely that it already has reduced performance and the cold temperatures will only reduce this further, to the point where it will go flat very quickly or discharge all together.

Here are a few tips that will prolong the charge in your battery:

Switch off all lights, wipers or heaters etc before turning off your engine when you park up. This will prevent any unnecessary drain on the battery when you next start up. Alternatively check that all these are switched off before turning the ignition on.

Try and keep the use of heaters, heated screens and seats to a minimum. All these put a high demand on the vehicle’s battery so avoid over using them if you can.

Satnavs, iPods, phone chargers etc can also drain your battery if left connected so ensure these are unplugged also if you’re leaving your vehicle for a long period.

If you have a garage use it whenever possible. This keeps your car out of the icy temperatures helping to prolong and preserve the charge in your battery.