I haven’t driven my car almost at all in 4 months. About 2 months ago, it wouldn’t start, and it had a really old battery that needed to be replaced anyway, so I got a new one put in.
Now, I stupidly left it sitting again thinking it’d be okay since the battery is new, but it won’t start again.
If it matters, my car is pretty old. It’s a 2009 Mercury Milan. But it’s only got 75k miles and it’s in otherwise great shape.
My question is: after I jump start it, should I go for a drive? How often do I need to start my car and how often should I drive it? I really don’t want to buy an expensive charging gadget if I don’t need to. How do I keep this from happening to my battery again? Please tell me I’m not going to have to buy a new one.