Summer could spell trouble for batteries

Many drivers were unaware the number one killer of car batteries was heat.

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said the extreme Summer temperatures could cause serious problems to your car.

“The heat speeds up the chemical reaction between the electrolyte and the lead plates, which can shorten battery life,” Mr Spalding said.

“The best way to get the most out of your car battery is to maintain it at full charge, keep electrolyte levels topped up, ensure any heat shields are fitted and always make sure you switch off the lights before you leave your vehicle.

“If you do run into trouble, you can give Roadside Assistance a call so they can get you on your way as soon as possible,” he said.