SPOKANE, Wash. -- The cold snap hitting the Inland Northwest is killing many car batteries that cannot make it through the bitter cold.
Over the past few days, car battery stores have had a rush of customers. They said it is up to the same number of people they get during the start of winter.
“The cold weather just drains the battery, sucks the life right out of them. I definitely saw this coming,” said Batteries Plus Bulbs employee, Gerrett Lawson.
AAA reports the extremely cold temperatures has not brought an increase in battery service for them but they set a record number in December.
Staff at Batteries Plus Bulbs think enough people got new batteries late last year so they do not need one this week. Employees at the store have gotten under the hood for several customers this week installing new batteries.
If you bought a battery this season, it should be able to handle two cold snaps in one winter. Staff said the only way to know if your battery is in good condition is to get it tested.
“There’s really no way to guarantee it unless you get a test and actually see some results,” said Lawson.
Staff at Batteries Plus Bulbs said the best way to keep your car battery from dying is to leave your car in a garage as often as possible during below freezing temperatures.