•    Maintain battery fluid to the correct level.

•    Have the charging system checked regularly.

•    Keep the battery clean of dirt and grease.

•    Defective dashboard switches for things such as the glove compartment light or rear wiper should be rectified before they drain the battery.
 
•    The condition and correct tension of the V-belt connecting the engine to the alternator should be checked to prevent any slippage.
 
•    Do not overcharge your battery.
 
•    Use a variable set rate between 3-4 amps for batteries up to 90 amps/hr and 5-7 amps for those above.

•    Charge your battery for 12 hours only.

•    You should never have to clean your battery unless you have a problem with your charging rate. In this case, mix one to two teaspoons of baking soda with two cups of water to clean any build-up from the terminals.

•    If your battery is not sealed, have its water checked every three to six months (especially in summer) by an approved battery supplier.

For more motoring advice, visit the Automobile Association here.

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