5 Factors that affect a car battery lifespan


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Did you know that your driving habits and where you live actually determine your car battery lifespan? Check this article helpful tips and info!

When choosing a new car, we often carefully consider colour, design, fuel economy, overall power and so many other factors. But it is quite unfortunate that once we finally get the car, we mostly forget to handle the car itself with “care” and to also keep a healthy schedule of regular car maintenance.

To make matters worse, some people just naturally possess too many bad driving habits that usually cause the components in their vehicle to quickly deteriorate over a short period of time. One common example of such a scenario is mostly noticed with the overall lifespan of some people’s car battery. This among other reasons is why you need to read this post so as to know the top 5 factors that affect the car battery lifespan.


Bad driving habits and negligence will most likely reduce your car battery’s overall life span

5 factors that affect your car battery lifespan

Before we caught to the chase, please note that it doesn’t really matter if your car battery is new or not. Each of the factors discussed below will most definitely affect the lifespan of any car battery either positively or negatively. Now, let’s begin.

1. Your location (Country, state and/or region)

Believe it or not, the condition of the roads in your neighbourhood is one factor that can actually determine if your car battery will have a longer life span or not. To be more precise, areas with untarred rough roads sometimes subject a car battery to sudden “sharp” impacts that could actually damage the battery. These sharp impacts often lead to interruptions of electrical continuity in a car and afterwards, the car battery will fail almost instantly.

One recommended fix for this kind of problem is to get an Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) car battery. This particular type of car battery has been found to be more durable and able to survive such terrible road conditions for a long period of time.


Riding a regular car on rough roads too often will definitely take a toll on the car battery if care is not taken

Another common battery problem faced by people living in areas with rough roads is the occasional loosening of their car battery’s clamps. This usually happens when they drive through a part of the road with massive potholes or with plenty of uneven stones.

In such cases, you are advised to regularly open the hood of your car to check the firmness of the car battery’s clamps. If you discover that the clamps are loose, tighten them up and remember to also give the battery a good shake.

For more information on how to make the car battery last longer, please visit Naijauto.

2. Long periods of no usage

Leaving your car parked in the garage for some months without driving it at all is bad. What you probably don’t know is that your car has onboard computers and electronics that are always running even when your car is abandoned in your garage.

These computers draw very little power from your car battery which is why you do not need to worry as long as you drive the car often. Unfortunately, when you abandon a car for a long period of time the little power being drawn by those onboard computers will eventually drain your car battery completely. Therefore, it is advised that you should not abandon your car for months without frequently driving it over a reasonable distance just to “warm” up the battery.


Leaving a car parked in the garage for a long period of times without driving it will eventually reduce the lifespan of the car battery

If you ever find yourself in a situation whereby your car is refusing to start up due to a dead battery. Just take your time to read through our detailed article which contains a step-by-step guide with tips on how to charge a car battery. However, if you try out all the recommended tips and still don’t get any good result, we strongly advise that you seek the help of an auto repair expert.

3. Long trips

Just as leaving your car parked for months is disastrous to its battery, the opposite is the case when you drive the same car over long distances at moderate or legally-accepted high speed. Oh yes, the more often you drive your car over long distances, the more assured you should be of a longer battery lifespan. As a matter of fact, driving your car on long trips usually help the car battery to easily recharge itself and stay “alive” for the next drive.


The more often you take your car for long trips, the more “alive” the car battery will be

Cars are not really made to be abandoned without driving them, so try to drive your car at least once in a while, over long distances to help the battery’s overall lifespan.

>>> Read Later: Basic facts about car batteries every driver should know

4. Short trips on a daily basis

If you are a type of person that mostly take your car for short trips which are less than 20 minutes, please do not expect a higher lifespan for your car battery. It is quite saddening that many of us fall in this category in Nigeria because we often buy cars for the purpose of driving to the office on daily basis.

Driving to work on a daily basis will only favour your car battery if you are lucky to have a workplace that is more than 30 minutes away from your home. This is due to the fact that car batteries need a little longer time to fully recharge from simply driving a car itself around.

5. Frequent Start & Stops on short trips

Lagosians and people who stay in big cities with worst traffic in Nigeria will probably hate this point because it is more like an unavoidable situation. It is quite unfortunate that a car battery is usually drained and heavily used when a driver frequently starts and stops his/her car on short trips.

To make the matters worse, it is really difficult not to put on a vehicle’s sound system, air conditioning system and lights when stuck in traffic. These components of the car will put more stress on the car battery in a situation where a driver is frequently having to start and stop the car on a short trip.


Short trips with frequent engine start and stop instances are generally bad for most car batteries

One common way to avoid traffic gridlock is to always plan your trip ahead of time so that you can take advantage of shorter alternative routes.  Meanwhile, below is a short video that also explains some other key factors that affect the cycle life of batteries generally.

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Having stated and explained all of the above points, we believe you should by now have good knowledge of the top 5 factors that affect the car battery lifespan. And if you still wish for more tips, we recommend that you read through our short article which explains 7 avoidable things to know when buying batteries in Nigeria.

That will be all for now 😊.

>>> Visit Naijauto more often to read other helpful tips and advice for proper car maintenance tips

Oluwaseun Solomon

Oluwaseun Solomon

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Oluwaseun Solomon is a prolific and diligent automobile writer at Naijauto.com. He's also an experienced digital marketer and a creative multimedia developer that specializes in video editing. He currently contributes informative and easy to read articles on topics covering transportation, traffic updates, auto industry updates, and different car reviews.
When Solomon is not writing, you will either find him composing music, editing videos or simply enjoying YouTube "TEDx Talk" videos with a chilled drink :)

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