Will Your Car Battery Pass Monday Test?

Tue 31st Dec 2019

A major motoring organisation is warning drivers that the long festive period may test the limitations of their car battery.

The RAC has said that Monday 6th January, when most people return to work, is the biggest breakdown day of the year, with 12,000 call-outs expected and a third of those problems due to a flat battery.

Cold weather and the long period of inactivity are thought to be the main causes of the poor battery performance. A poll of RAC members found that six per cent of driver admitted they have suffered a post-Christmas flat battery and 13 per cent said it has has happened to them more than once, with 58% believing the problem was due to the car being inactive for several days.

RAC patrol of the year Ben Aldous said: “Lots of people will be dreading Monday 6 January as the first day back at work after enjoying an extended Christmas break. Unfortunately for many the start of their working year will get off to a very bad, or should that be, flat start when their cars won’t start.

“We are gearing up for the busiest breakdown day of the year in order to give our customers complete peace of mind should they be one of the unlucky ones. To avoid the ‘flat battery blues’ we recommend that drivers take their cars for a good run over the holiday period, perhaps to fill up with fuel. For those going back to work that Monday it would be advisable to make sure any cars that haven’t been used for several days start on New Year’s Day.

“That way, they will have plenty of time to sort the problem or call us out to help before the Monday morning rush gets underway.

“Experience tells us that it is often families with two or more vehicles that suffer most from flat batteries on the return to work after Christmas and New Year as they tend only to drive one over the festive period.

“At this time of year vehicles’ electrical systems have to work a lot harder because of needing to use lights and heated windows. The starter motor also has to work harder to turn over the engine on colder mornings, making a battery failure more likely.”