If you've ever tried to start your car and experienced the sputter of a dead battery, then you know how frustrating it can be. Once this has already occurred, you'll have to get a jump, or have your vehicle towed.

Dead batteries can be prevented, however, if you know what kinds of activities drain the battery. Here, we've put together a list of ways that your battery can be drained, most of which can be avoided.

What Can Cause A Dead Battery?

Forgetting to turn off your lights.

Have you ever left your headlights or overhead cabin lights on overnight? That's a surefire way to wake up to a dead battery. Make sure you remember to turn off your lights before you exit the car to make sure your battery stays fresh.

Short-distance driving.

If you make mostly short trips when you drive, it can wear down your battery. While you may not wake up to a dead battery, all that short-distance driving will shorten your battery's life because your battery doesn't have enough time to recharge between starts.

Extreme heat or cold.

Extreme temperatures, whether they're too hot or too cold, can damage and drain your battery. If your vehicle is left in an extreme temperature for too long, it can become drained to the point that it will not start your car.


Corrosion can damage your battery and make it unable to function properly. Over time, you may need to replace your battery.

What Next?

Your battery and alternator need to be inspected every now and then to ensure everything is working. Thankfully, AutoCenters Nissan is conveniently located near St. Louis and we offer a full line of automotive services. Schedule service today, or stop by our Express Lane for more information. 

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