Car batteries have an average lifespan of 3 to 5 years. Unfortunately, only 30% of batteries last for 3 years. In fact, a lot of car owners find themselves changing their battery every 1 to 2 years.  Car batteries last longer or shorter depending on how you take care of it or how you drive your car.

Here are 4 easy ways to ensure better battery life.

Choose the correct size and type of battery

Batteries are an integral part of your car’s electrical system. Unlike older cars that have basic electrical systems, modern cars have complex electrical system. To ensure optimum functioning of your vehicle, you need to make sure that you choose the correct size and type of battery. Otherwise, it can lead to electrical system malfunction or premature battery life.

Don’t use electronics when idle

Some car owners would turn on the radio or the DVD player while waiting for their kids or their loved ones. This keeps them entertained while waiting. However, turning on the radio, the air conditioner or other electronics while the engine is switched off can put a heavy toll on your vehicle’s battery. If you do this regularly, then you will need to change your battery sooner.

Test your battery often

Check your car batteries for corrosion build up and leaks every month or two. Take it out of the car so you can inspect it thoroughly. Manufacturers also recommend having your batteries tested at least twice a year, preferably in late spring and late fall.

If your car battery is sluggish when you start the car, we recommend that you have your battery checked by a trained technician. It’s not always the battery’s fault. A professional will help you determine the root of the problem.

Limit short rides

Starting the car can be taxing on your battery. This is especially true during the winter. The more frequently you start the car, the more work your battery has to do. If you’re just going to the grocery store to buy milk, we suggest that you take public transportation or ride the bike. If it’s just a few blocks away, consider walking. Try to keep short trips to a minimum to extend the life of your battery.