MOTORS are being called upon to have their vehicles checked for a common problem after the festive season.
Cold weather, coupled with the fact that cars are left unused over the Christmas period, could leave millions of motorists facing battery drain.
UK motorists have been warned to carry out basic checks on their cars to ensure they don’t fall victim to a version of the blues ‘Smooth Start’.
Seven out of ten car drivers – 70% – have experienced battery drain with lag causing some to miss important events.
Halfords research has identified the five most common consequences of delays for drivers – with 10% of drivers missing a day and 10% missing an important work meeting.
And 6% of drivers lost or quit their jobs after being stranded due to a failed battery.
Meanwhile, four per cent have missed a wedding or funeral while three per cent of drivers have argued with their partner about a dead battery in their car, which has resulted in them breaking up. .
Research shows that, when drivers experience a battery drain, it often causes them to arrive 1 hour 51 minutes later than they planned.
Car drivers are often unprepared for battery failure.
Research shows that 32% of us are clueless when it comes to problem solving, with 39% having no leadership position and 65% having no spare parts.
More than half of drivers admit that they don’t check their car battery until they think something is wrong.
Richard Bruce, Motoring Manager at Halfords said: “Car batteries are under a lot of stress during the winter months and then often go dormant while we all enjoy the Christmas break, which can have a negative impact on our lives. risk of trapping the driver as they continue commuting.
“It is important for drivers to be as prepared as possible so we encourage motorists to take advantage of our free 10 point checks and make sure they have the right equipment to deal with it. with a dead battery if they get caught.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8146453/urgent-warning-drivers-flat-battery/ Urgent warning for motorists returning to work on Tuesday to check their vehicles for common problems