There are few things worse than going to your car on a frigid winter morning, and it won’t start. You are freezing, late to work, and just had to get your car towed. All of this could be avoided with proper car battery maintenance.
The first thing to do to make sure that you have a reliable vehicle is to have the car battery tested. And not just any test. Many of the free battery test are worth what you paid for them; nothing. So, go to your local service center or dealership and get a proper test done on your car battery.
Once you get the proper test and your battery is known to be good, make sure that the battery cable connections are clean. They need to be free of any corrosion or anything that would disrupt the flow of electrical energy to the starter motor and the electrical system on the car. To help prevent that corrosion, use a battery terminal coating, use the treated felt pads underneath the cables.
Lastly, never ever try to jump start a frozen battery. When batteries go dead, they can freeze in the cold weather. Trying to jumpstart a car battery that is frozen can cause it to explode and an exploding battery has almost the same strength as three sticks of dynamite. So, avoid blowing up your car and make sure your car battery is prepared for colder weather.