Do you drive a car to work? If so, then you are part of the 86% of all workers in America who use a car to get to work each day. According to a 2013 report by the US Census Bureau, 76.4% of workers drove alone and 9.4% carpooled.
Sited in a 2017 survey by J.D. Power, battery failures in the first 3 years of ownership increased by 44% between 2013 and 2014 model year cars. The same report explained that batteries were the most commonly replaced component in vehicles.
This change is likely due, not to a change in the cars themselves but in changes in driver behavior. Drivers are putting more strain on their vehicle’s electrical systems which in turn is putting more burden on the battery.
22% of people who participated in the 2017 survey said that ACEN (audio, communication, entertainment, and navigation) was the most problematic parts category. Pairing smartphones to Bluetooth communication systems was the highest source of frustration for drivers in the previous year’s equivalent survey.
It is becoming increasingly important to take care of your battery with proper charging and maintaining. This is especially true if you own a vehicle with a engine start/stop system.