Do you know that feeling you get in your fingers when it’s extremely cold? What feeling? Well, that’s my point. Doesn’t it feel numb from the cold, like you can’t do anything? Well, that’s what your car battery feels like in winter and it’s in winter when the chances of a car battery failure are very high.
With an increasing crime rate, the last thing you want is to be stranded on the roadside, either by yourself or with your kids, in a life-threatening situation. Checking your car battery is probably the last thing on your mind and sadly so, some of us only pay attention after the fact.
Tips for maintenance of car batteries in winter
- Get your car battery tested
The battery specialists recommend getting your battery tested twice a year. The test results will indicate whether you need a new battery or if the battery has to be recharged. If the battery is not charging, it could also indicate a problem with the alternator. Battery Centre offers a free battery test, including a starter and alternator test.
- Be patient
When you get into your car, you probably don’t think twice about turning on the radio, lights or heater – all powered by your car battery. Be patient and allow the alternator to charge the battery after starting the car.
- Keep the battery warm
The operation of a battery is based on chemical reactions which slows down in cold temperatures, causing your battery to become sluggish. Just like you need gloves to keep your fingers warm, a battery also needs to be protected from the cold. . If possible, keep your car in a covered parking overnight.
- Be prepared
Keep a set of jumper cables in the boot of your car in case of emergencies. This will give your battery the boost it needs to start the car and get the charging system up and running.
- Retain your battery charge
If you’re going away on holiday, rather disconnect or remove the battery from your car. Alternatively, ask a friend or family member to start or drive your car to ensure the battery charge is retained.
- Be attentive
Don’t forget to switch off the lights and radio. Anything that requires battery power without the engine running can cause a dead battery.
- With over 100 Battery Centres nationwide, there’s no reason to get stuck in the cold this winter.
Review of Service – Battery Centre Midrand
I called my closest Battery Centre, which happens to be in Midrand, to test the service in preparation for this post. I had used them in the past but wanted to make sure that my content is up to date with the latest information.
I was pleasantly greeted by Kuziwa Chidawanyika. I called her at least 3 times to deliberately test her patience and knowledge of the batteries.
In every instance, she was calm, friendly and demonstrated a willingness to assist. She had excellent product knowledge and was able to advise on the battery requirements of the car models I enquired about, also providing me with prices.
I furthermore did a review on site and noticed that her pleasant telephonic mannerism was consistent. Only this time, I was able to see the smile I heard on the phone.
When I decide on a service provider, it’s not just about the product but more importantly about the level of service received. This determines whether or not I will do business with them in the future.
I care about your safety and so does Battery Centre. After experiencing the excellent service from Kuziwa, it affirmed my decision to partner with Battery Centre and to give two of my readers the chance to have their batteries replaced with Raylite Batteries from Battery Centre.
If you’re conscious of our environment, you will be pleased to know that Battery Centre also collects and recycles batteries at their own state-of-the-art recycling plant.
Each winner gets a complimentary Raylite battery replaced and fitted up to the value of R2 500!
If you’re not sure if your battery needs to be replaced, I suggest you go to any Battery Centre nationwide to have it checked free of charge. If your battery needs replacing, here’s your chance to win a free battery replacement.
Simply answer the question below to enter. (Hint: The answer can be found on the Battery Centre website)
Question: Where are Raylite batteries manufactured?
Terms and Conditions
- This competition is open to South African residents only
- The prize cannot be exchanged for cash
- The maximum value of the replacement battery for each winner is R2 500
- This competition ends at midnight on 13 July 2018