Is it true that rarely driving means longer car battery life?

Updated Mar 30, 2018 | Same topic: Handy Maintenance Tips

Keep reading to find out the correct answer.

It is a matter of fact that a car that is used more frequently will run out of battery more quickly than the less-used one. However, is the opposite true that rarely driving means longer car battery life? Today, will give a clear explanation for this matter.

To begin with, contrary to popular belief, not driving your car regularly enough actually does more harm to your car battery.

Video: How to maintain your car battery

As you might already know, the main job of an alternator is to power electrical devices on your car by converting mechanical energy into electrics. In fact, in addition to providing electrical power to the electricals, the alternator also helps recharge the battery while the car is moving. 

That means not using your vehicle often enough will prevent your battery from being regularly recharged, leading to the gradual wearing out of your car battery. Not to mention, even when you leave you car unused, the battery still has to keep working in order to ensure the operation of several parts such as some memory settings, the ECU and alarm systems, which only shortens you car battery life.

While there is no exact answer as to “How often should I use my car for the best use of the battery?”, it is still advised that you should drive your car at least twice a week to protect its critical components.

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Not driving your car regularly enough actually does more harm to your car battery

In case you cannot drive your car during a long period of time due to some reasons like being away for business or traveling, you should call for help of special devices that can keep your battery charged automatically when you are away.