Pro-Tip: Prevent Battery Drains
You don’t want to see this icon light up during your booking.
‘Tis the season: the holiday season, the winter season, the ski season and… the battery drain season.
Battery drains unfortunately happen, and for carsharers, they can be especially difficult. Bookings get delayed, drivers get frustrated and there’s the fine to consider.
In temperate weather, a battery can drain within 30–45 minutes, but when the temperature drops below 7°C, it can take less than 10 minutes. To help prevent this and keep our drivers safe, check out these pro-tips:
Pro-tip: Keep your dome lights off!
In a previous blog post, we suggested setting the dome lights to the Auto position. Ideally, our Fleet team would keep all the dome lights off. They may be tiny but, if left on, can have a big impact on the battery.
Oh, same goes for your headlights although the high-pitched alarm built into most cars usually reminds drivers to turn them off.
Pro-tip: Take the key out of the ignition!
Leaving the keys in the ignition is a common cause for battery drains in Modo vehicles. We get it, it’s easy to do when you know you won’t be taking the key with you.
But a key in the ignition continues to send a signal to the battery even after you’ve fobbed out and, as a result, drains the battery.
Pro-tip: No more accessory position!
What’s the accessory position? The sweet spot on the ignition that lets you listen to the radio without starting the vehicle. It’s a sure-fire way to kill a battery in the winter especially if you’re running the heater at the same time.
Pro-tip: Avoid frequent start/stops!
While hybrids are designed and optimized for start/stops, batteries in gas-powered vehicles can quickly deplete with short start/stops. That said, it takes a lot of juice to get started, which you’ll need for your trip.
Keep these tips top of mind this winter and you shouldn’t run into any trouble. However, if you find yourself needing assistance, Modo is always available to take your call, 24/7.