Don’t Get Stuck In The Cold, Prepare Your Vehicle For Winter Driving

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Winter is here and cold weather fronts have hit throughout the nation. Don’t leave vehicle maintenance to the last minute when you find yourself stuck in the cold, snow or rain with a vehicle that doesn’t start. CTEK, the leading global brand in vehicle charging solutions, has some useful advice on keeping your vehicle’s battery in the best of health, for worry free driving this winter.

In cold weather, your vehicle’s battery needs to work much harder, and your alternator might only be charging it up to around 60% of its capacity. This could mean that your engine is using up to 5-10 additional horsepower and burning more fuel. So, not only is your battery underperforming, but it could also lead to an expensive breakdown.

“And this,” says Bobbie DuMelle, Executive Vice President of CTEK North America, “makes regular charging with a reliable, efficient battery charger essential in the winter months.”

“This is especially important because the summer heat might have put a strain on your battery, that may not become apparent until the colder weather kicks in, when you’ll need more power to get the vehicle started,” continued, DuMelle. ”However, not only will regular charging keep your battery in the best of health, making breakdowns less likely, it can also save you money by extending battery life by up to three times, so it is the smart choice for worry free winter driving.”

CTEK’s MXS 5.0 has an automatic built-in temperature control, making it perfect for winter charging, and is so easy to use – just connect it, power it up then leave it to do the rest. The CTEK MXS 5.0 is an advanced microprocessor-controlled smart battery charger that delivers automatic charging, maintenance and reconditioning for lead acid vehicle and motorcycle batteries, from 1.2-110Ah. The MXS 5.0 uses CTEK’s patented float/pulse system, which is the most efficient maintenance mode when a battery is connected for long periods.

But what happens if you do find yourself stuck out in the cold, away from a power source, with a dead battery?

For added peace of mind, CTEK has developed the CS FREE, a 4 in 1 portable battery charger, maintainer, adaptive booster and high-tech portable power bank, that you can take with you on your journey.

The CS FREE uses revolutionary ’adaptive boost technology’ to gently and safely give a dead battery enough charge to get you going in around 15 minutes. This is completely safe for the vehicle’s electronics, unlike most boosters or jump starters that deliver a sharp burst of power to effectively shock the battery into life. The CS FREE also has USB-A and USB-C ports to charge your mobile phone, PC, tablet and other devices, and it can be used as a smart maintainer to keep your battery in the best of health when you’re back home.