Planning a Family Vacation - Protect Your Car While You're Away

If you are planning to go on a vacation, it is important to take care of your car as you will not be using it for a long time. And that means unplugging the battery. If you leave your battery plugged in, you may find yourself in a messy situation as your car will keep draining the battery even when it is not in use. Electrical systems in every car continue to function even when they are not in use and it is a bigger cause for concern if you own modern cars that come with advanced features.

In case your battery runs out completely, you may see yourself spending hundreds of dollars on a new battery. While jump-starting may be a solution, it will hamper your battery’s lifespan. An easy solution to bypass this problem would be to get a trickle charger that will slowly keep charging your battery while you are away. However, this is an expensive ordeal as you may need to spend quite a bit of money on the charger.

The most convenient thing to do is to unplug your battery but be prepared to lose all settings on your vehicle, especially the clock. Once you are back from your holidays you will need to re-configure your car’s settings all over again. Before unplugging the battery, simply note down all of your car’s settings to make the reconfiguration process easier once you are home again. You should also consult your car dealer in case there are some other factors that you need to be worried about when unplugging your battery.

To remove the battery, all you need to do is find the negative port in the battery compartment and remove the cable. You should not let the positive and negative cables teach each other at the ends it could damage your car permanently and may also injure you. Simply take all necessary precautions when disconnecting your battery and you should be good to go.

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