People who know me know I’m a big fan of sustainability. I walk the walk… literally: I walk instead of drive to many places, like the bank, the grocery store, the farmer’s market.
Problem with that is, if you don’t drive your car enough, your battery will die. Actually that’s not the full story. Your battery will die if you drive your car the wrong way.
That’s what the guys at my car dealership explained to me—but only during the second trip in with a jump-started car. I found out that if you make little short trips, that’s worse than if you don’t drive at all. Starting your engine requires a certain amount of power, and if you don’t drive long enough and at a high enough speed (at least 30mph) to replace the energy lost at start up and then some, the next time you start your engine your battery will drain a little more, and then a little more, till it’s sapped altogether.
Well, that’s great, Birgitte, you say, but you posted this in the wrong place. This isn’t Car & Driver, this is The Write Practice.
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