Depending on factors like where you live and how you drive, AAA's automotive experts say the average lifespan for a car battery is about three to four years.
A few simple tips can help you extend the life of your car's battery - keeping you and your car on the go for as long as possible.
- Know how weather affects your car. Extreme hot and cold temperatures can shorten the life of your battery. The heat wave we felt in July has already put additional strain on your battery this year - even worse than those cold temperatures we know are coming.
- Unplug those gadgets. Your cell phone, GPS, iPod and DVD player all get their power from your car's battery when they're plugged in. Unplug them once they're fully charged to let them run on their own battery power.
- Drive your car regularly. Make sure you're starting your car and driving it regularly to help keep the battery and other key systems in proper working condition.
- Check the lights. Forgetting to turn off the headlights or dome lights when you get out of the car is an easy mistake. We've all done it! Take the time to double-check that the doors are closed and the lights are turned off.
To request AAA Mobile Battery Service, visit AAA.com/Battery or call (800) 222-4357.