We all like to get something ‘free of charge’ at this expensive time of year – but not when it comes to our vehicle battery!
If you were not planning on using your car or van between the start of the Christmas festivities and the end of the New Year celebrations you could be storing up trouble in the form of a dead battery.
Tuesday 2nd January is also known as ‘flat battery day’ and the timing couldn’t be worse, since it is usually the time motorists need to return home or get to work.
That is why it is a good idea to take your car or van for a 10-15 minute drive to make sure your battery remains charged.
The RAC warn that Tuesday 2 January is traditionally the busiest day for breakdowns in the UK, with around 11,300 predicted to run into problems, largely due to a flat battery.
Not only will they not have had time to charge over the Christmas period, because the vehicles haven’t been driven, but older batteries may also struggle to start in the colder weather conditions.
Flat battery breakdowns
James Knight, director of roadside operations at the RAC, explained: “Typically the busiest day for breakdowns is the first day back to work after the festive period so this year calls will peak on Tuesday 2nd January when we anticipate there will be around 11,300 breakdowns.
“This is because many people have not driven their vehicles over the Christmas period and so their batteries have not had the chance to charge-up and older, tired batteries will struggle in the icy conditions to start their vehicle.
“We advise drivers to take their cars out for a ten or fifteen minute journey on the day before they return to work just to charge the battery.
“It would be wise to invest another ten minutes in some simple checks to ensure your oil, coolant and screen wash are all topped up, your lights and wipers are all working and your tyres are at the correct pressure and have a good depth of tread.
“This will be time well spent and could save you from the inconvenience and frustration of a New Year breakdown.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office