Summertime in New Zealand means Christmas, vacations, and road trips. It’s the perfect time of year to take some time off from work and treat yourself to a trip.

Take advantage of the time off and go visit friends and family. Spend the break going to see places that you’ve never experienced. Pack up the car and set off for an enjoyable holiday season. However, check the health of your automobile battery, beforehand.

The Christmas season in New Zealand can often mean long, hot days. The high temperatures and humidity can be very harmful on the life of your car battery. Be sure to check the life of the battery prior to setting off for your trip and monitor it throughout the duration of your time on the road. A dead battery and broken down car will dampen a vacation very quickly. Heat causes the battery fluid to evaporate at a faster rate. Additionally, the heat can result in malfunctions in components of the charging system causing the charge rate to be too high. If you need to charge the battery before your departure, make sure not to overcharge as this can also shorten the life of the battery. If you are driving in extremely high temperatures you may need to occasionally use distilled water to cool it down. Make sure to check the top surface of the battery clean and free from dirt and debris. These things can act as conductors and quickly drain the battery power.

If you are departing for a road trip check the health of your battery prior to departure, during the trip, and upon arrival back home. The Christmas season can present its fair share of challenges to the the proper functioning of your vehicle. The longer your trip is, the more likely it is that you will experience an issue if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Use these tips as a guideline for caring for your car during your holiday vacation or road trip. With the necessary preventative measures in place, you can greatly reduce, and even omit, the risk of a dead battery and ruined vacation.

Come see us before departing on your trip for an inspection of your battery health or to replace it with a brand new, summer-ready, battery.