Cold weather takes its toll on car tyres and batteries so drivers are urged to increase awareness of their condition during the next few weeks.
The slump in new car sales has also put added pressure on car owners to pay more attention to tyres and battery maintenance.
The RAC said about the winter breakdowns: ‘The majority (of call-outs) are battery-related of course. There are a lot more people hanging onto what (cars) they’ve got.’
etyres, the UK’s leading on-line tyre retailer, also offers batteries and gives the following advice: ‘The shelf-life for a battery is between five to eight years
‘You can also watch-out for telltale signs of a weak battery, such as dimmer lights when the engine turns over, this should prompt motorists to order a replacement.’
Unlucky drivers who suffer flat batteries or bald tyres can turn to etyres, the UK’s leading online tyre retailer, which offers prices that are up to 40% cheaper than leading tyre depots.
Etyres also fits tyres and batteries at a location of the customer’s choice, at home or work.
A final tip to car owners to prolong battery life is to turn off all accessories before turning the key in the ignition. The radio, fan, even windscreen wipers, all drain the voltage and can be switched on once the engine is running.