It’s important for NM Area drivers to know battery basics. First, let’s talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold New Mexico weather. Most Albuquerque drivers think it’s cold weather because that’s when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold sedan engine.
However, heat does more damage to a battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the process, which is hard with short NM Area trips because the alternator doesn’t have time to fully recharge the battery from starting the engine. NM Area drivers can top off the charge with a computer controlled battery charger – say, once a month in the summer and every three months during the winter.