I've been a lurker here for a long time, and thank you for making sure that information about the hybrid battery replacement warranty is available for all! About two years ago, I used the extended warranty for a dealer replacement of my Insight 2000 battery. About three months ago, the IMA light came on again, and then the check engine light came on about a month ago, so I've ordered a BetterBattery. The new battery should be available for installation in May. Unlike the first time this happened, the length of time between the IMA light coming on and the appearance of the check engine light (and no recharge/assist action registering) was only about 7 weeks, and the recals were fast and thick no matter how carefully I drove. I have a few questions: 1) What's the easiest way to minimize the risk that the 12V battery is going to suddenly cut out on me between now and when I get my new battery? I'm thinking that I should turn off the IMA battery switch which looks (from the pictures) like it isn't too hard to access if I pull up the carpet in the cargo bay. 2) Are there any signs that the DC-DC system for charging the 12V battery is no longer working, short of the 15 minute warning provided by the battery light? Does it become harder to start the car, for example, or will the dome light be dim? I don't have any voltage checking equipment or any way of monitoring it while I'm driving or even when I'm not. I'm not anxious to spring for $90+ equipment if I can avoid it, given the BetterBattery costs that I'm facing. If I'm being penny wise and pound foolish, though, please let me know. 3) Should I avoid night driving and using the radio, or anything else to take it easy on the 12V battery? I work from home, so don't drive the car much, which probably contributed to the problems I'm having now. I would like to take a couple of trips before the installation - one to my daughter's place (which is about 100 miles each way), and another to meet my son (about 75 miles). Then there's the trip to Staten Island to get the battery installed, which will be about 250 miles. Other than that, I might make a couple of shopping trips of about 20 miles each. Thanks for helping me out, and I never knew how much I loved my car until now when it has an expensive problem!