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Terrible Habits of Drivers that “Destroy” Car Battery

When it comes to damaged car battery, there is one fact that everyone has consensus on. Research says that driving habits, rather than factory defect, are the culprit behind such damage. In fact, the biggest causes of car battery failure are acid stratification and low charge. Neither of these is a result of manufacturing defects. Astoundingly, most car manufacturers report battery failure in new and large luxury cars with massive power, rather than vehicles from the used car list. Evidently, drivers must be doing something terribly wrong.

Yes, it is the terrible habits of the drivers that render the batter inefficient and defunct in so many cases. These range from ignoring timely servicing to adopting wasteful habits. So, let’s run through 5 terrible habits that can wreak havoc with your car’s battery.

5 Terrible Driving Habits of Drivers that “Destroy” Car Battery

These terrible habits lead to exhaustion and acid stratification in car battery, leaving it exhausted, and totally ineffective. Since the breakdown of the battery can break down the car, it is important to curb these in time.

Leaving Lights and Cooling on while the Car is Stationary

Reasons causing car battery failure
Reasons causing car battery failure

This is one of the biggest reasons why batteries fail in the long run. Leaving lights, radio, car stereo, air conditioner on, or gadgets on charging when the car is not running cause the battery to run out. These things drain the battery charge very quickly. If you do that for hours, it is likely to exhaust the battery pretty soon, this causing battery failure within a few hours.

So, make sure to turn everything off while you are not driving the car. Leaving the gadgets charging overnight in the car, especially, is an extremely destructive habit.

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Driving only Short Distances

Learn this thing about cars – the lesser you drive them, the worse it is for the car battery. If you take your car only for short spins the battery will never get a chance to charge fully. Not taking it for long drive frequently shortens battery life. It is, in fact, one of the biggest reasons for frequent car breakdowns.

Driving only Short Distances is worst for car battery
Driving only Short Distances is worst for car battery

This sort of problems is the most prevalent among luxury cars rather than vehicles like buses that are used a lot over the long distance. If you do this over a long period of time, battery failure may become inevitable.

Also, if you are taking your car only for short rides and combining it with point 1, the battery is destined for doom. It leads to acid stratification as electrolytes get concentrated on the bottom. The upper half of the battery thus, lacks in acid, causing it to fail due to corrosion.

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Driving with a Loose Battery 

In case your battery is loosely clamped or not properly secured in its place, the vibration, on driving becomes one of the major causes of car battery failure. It gets even worse if it is an uneven terrain you are driving on. It causes damage to the components inside it, resulting in the formation of cracks. The ultimate result is corrosion and failure down the line.

Driving with a Loose Car Battery
Driving with a Loose Car Battery

So, whenever you change the battery, make sure that it is properly secured in its place.

Turning the Headlights on before the Engine

The headlight should be turned on after the engine
The headlight should be turned on after the engine

It is something that a lot of us do without realizing that it can be fatal for the car battery. When you put the headlights on before you turn the ignition on, it exerts extra load on the battery. Though it is incapable of causing battery failure in the short term, it surely shortens the life span of even the best batteries.

Lack of General Maintenance

It is important to check the battery every few months, especially at the time of service. Check whether the level of water is full. Water loss takes place because of the normal gassing caused by high temperatures. Simply go for a battery in which you can maintain the water level, and the battery can last much longer than usual.

So, get rid of these bad habits that can actually end up “destroying” your car battery.

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21 Comments
  1. S a haukozi says

    Valuable information

    1. Trang Tran says

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  2. Seth Magai says

    Nice one! Leaving radio and charging phones when the engine is not running have made me sleep somewhere i did not want to! However i have a question, is racing past 4000 rpm burning alot more fuel than 2500 coming down? If you are doing 150klm for example and engine’s rpm is above 4000 does consumption same with if you are doing 150klm and engine’s rpm is at 2000?

    1. Trang Tran says

      Thank u for asking us. We will search more information and update later

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  4. Joel Ambani says

    I’d like to get more information about the size of a car battery, if I bought car and it came with a 70ah battery, can I change with a higher ah battery like 120ah for more efficiency?

    1. Sam says

      Chances are high that it will malfunction in a short time owing to the fact that it will be undercharged as the equipment placed in your car was meant to charge a battery of a much lower capacity.

  5. Joel Ambani says

    I’d like to get more information about the size of a car battery, if I bought car and it came with a 70ah battery, can I change with a higher ah battery like 120ah for more efficiency?

  6. Patrick says

    Very much helpful tips for battery maintenance.

    1. Trang Tran says

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  7. Given siame says

    Thank you Jan Japan for the educating us on how to use the battery. I’m always indeted.

  8. Eduardo says

    Thanks so much for the learning, I hope you continue to give tips on how to avoid harm to cars innocently.

    Best regards
    Eduardo Sumbane

    1. Trang Tran says

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  9. kondo k.kondo says

    am very much happy after reading about. the knowledge you gave us is really needed to me as as a beginner
    Thank you

  10. George Thobias says

    I really like the u educate us guys, i hv a Toyota Brevis model of 2001 the some buttons i don know their functions!! I need help on this b’se i don’t hv its manual book.

  11. Sam says

    I am seeking clarification regarding “Leaving Lights and Cooling on while the Car is Stationary”! What if in so doing, my engine is running all through, even thought the car is stationary?

  12. Mugendi says

    Good advice

  13. Basil says

    How often should one change the ATF and what should one consider before and while changing?

  14. john says

    good advise .i will not be a victim again

  15. Nonoe says

    How many Kilometers are regarded as short distance

  16. Xavier olede says

    Thanks for the tips, really we all fall culprits in one way or the other

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