Never lived in cold climate before...how does cold affect battery longevity?
Here in the desert southwest the 115-120 degree summers are absolutely brutal on car batteries.
Cold is not good either. I'm not sure who's colder - me or Boraz - but in the days before the sealed freedom batteries people would get stranded all the time.
I have a vivid memory of my boss driving me home around Christmas 1981, and at a traffic light he stalled his Chevette. He grabbed a set of booster cables from the back hatch and motioned to the car stopped next to us at the light. That motorist stayed inside his car and simply popped his hood while my boss affected a jump start of his chevette. In the space of probably 60 seconds he got all this done, disconnected the cables, closed the hoods on both cars and with a wave of thanks to that random motorist we were on our way again.
They say that being Canadian means knowing how to make love in a canoe - but being able to jump start a car in less than a minute in the freezing cold has got to be right up there.