At O’Brien Hyundai of Normal, we’re always making sure our customers know as much as possible to have the best experience possible with their new or pre-owned Hyundai cars. With the winter weather coming earlier than expected, there are a few concerns that come with it, like making sure the battery inside your 2020 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t fail. We want you to be as prepared as possible, so here’s everything you need to know about monitoring your car’s battery this winter.

There are a wide number of problems that can affect your battery’s longevity. The most common factor you have no control over is the weather. Put simply, the cooler the temperature, the longer your battery lives. Your battery can last for over five years in a sufficiently cold climate, but hot temperatures can cut the life expectancy to around three years, since heat degrades your battery.

However, there are some factors you can control to care for your car’s battery. Your driving habits can have a positive or negative effect on your vehicle’s battery. For instance, if you use your Hyundai Elantra to charge a lot of your devices, blast the air conditioning, and blare the sound system, you can end up draining the battery faster than your alternator can charge it, which could eventually lead to battery failure. To prevent this, either cut down on your use of power or let your vehicle idle for a few moments before and after you drive.

The best way to keep your vehicle’s battery healthy is by coming in for scheduled service at our Normal, IL Hyundai service department. Our certified Hyundai technicians will inspect your battery thoroughly and let you know if anything is wrong, even offering a Hyundai-approved replacement if necessary. Make your appointment today!