Latitude & Longevity: How Location Affects Your Battery

Most of us don't give much thought to our car battery until we have a problem. This usually happens when we are jumping in the car to get to work or an appointment and it won't start. Since a dead battery is always a frustrating experience, it is prudent to take preventative measures to minimize the likelihood of it happening. There are several things you can do to be prepared.

  1. Make sure you have a premium battery in your vehicle. AAA Premium Batteries are guaranteed fresh and fully powered. Every battery we sell is less than 150 days old, so you can be sure your vehicle will start every time. If you'd like to purchase an AAA Premium Battery, stop into a local AAA Car Care Center and we can install it for you. 
  2. Have your battery tested. At AAA Car Care Centers, we will check your battery for free. If you've recently had your car jumped, bring it in, and we can see how much life the battery has left. You may not necessarily need a new battery, just a start. We will only encourage you to purchase a new battery if you need it. 
  3. Make sure your battery has a warranty. AAA Premium Batteries come with an unmatched guarantee. Our batteries come with a 6-Year Club Assist Battery Warranty, 3 full years replacement, plus an additional 3 years of partial coverage. No other battery warranty comes close.
  4. Recognize that your location will affect the life of your battery. If you live in the northernmost regions of the United States, your battery has a longer lifespan, averaging 58 months or more. In the southernmost parts, battery life is drastically different with an average of 41 months or less, indicating how strongly latitude impacts longevity.
  5. Understand that extreme weather can cause problems with your battery. Since your battery is affected by both hot and cold temperatures, you should check it every season, but especially in summer and winter. Many batteries die in the winter because twice as much current is needed when it's cold. As the temperature decreases, the chemical reactions that produce electricity slow down, making it difficult for a battery to produce energy. Excessive heat is even harder on your battery than freezing temperatures. When it's too hot, battery fluid will evaporate and can permanently damage the internal structure of the battery. Store your car in the garage if possible to protect the battery from extreme weather. 
  6. Make sure your AAA membership is up to date. In the event your battery dies, we will bring you a new one on the side of the road. Just keep your membership card handy and call Emergency Roadside Service for assistance. Your membership will afford you lots of perks and discounts as well.

If you haven't had your car serviced in awhile, it's time to bring it into AAA Car Care Center for an inspection. Our trained technicians can test your battery and other systems. If you're ready to trade your old car in for something new, reach out to our AAA Auto Buying Team. With more than 20 years experience in automotive sales, our team can help you find the right car at the right price. Call 1-866-710-6226 or start your search by viewing our online inventory today!