Why do cars make it so easy for you to drain your battery?

Tips & Support
Paradise, Nevada
There was a time when people wanted to drive a car, they had to turn the engine over with a hand crank to get it started. If they wanted to open a window, they had to roll that down with a hand crank as well. If they wanted to move their seat, they physically moved it and if they wanted to lock their doors, they pushed buttons down or turned keys. Now all of those tasks and many more have become highly-automated. In fact, some key fobs will do all of those functions by just pressing buttons remotely. 

People want more features in their cars and as a result, the electrical demand has increased exponentially over the years. Auto manufacturers have responded by increasing the output of alternators and installing larger (or more) batteries, but sometimes the electrical demands off the owner just out-strip the vehicle's ability to keep pace. In many cases, multiple accessories or features have a parasitic draw on a battery, but there are also accessories, like car alarms, that can discharge batteries all by themselves in a matter of days.

So what are your options? If you're not married to the creature comforts found in modern vehicles, go buy an old Ford Model T and don't worry about your battery getting discharged so quickly. If you'd prefer modern features, like airbags, anti-lock brakes, and an enclosed passenger compartment, then maybe consider purchasing and using a quality battery maintenance device, like the OPTIMA Digital 400 battery charger and maintainer

These chargers are very easy to use and can maximize the performance and lifespan of any 12-volt lead-acid battery (which is what nearly every car on the road uses today, including Teslas and the Toyota Supra pictured above).