How To Avoid A Flat Battery Over The Christmas Period

Motorists could suffer the back-to-work breakdown blues unless they look after their car over the Christmas break, warns Mondial Assistance in the UK, leading provider of roadside assistance services. The lack of use over the festive period and wintry weather mean cars are more likely to breakdown than on a normal work day.

28th December 2009 and 4th January 2010 are predicted by Mondial Assistance to be the busiest days for calls for roadside assistance. Indeed, calls are expected to increase by 40% on these two days as everyone returns to work after the Christmas break only to find their neglected vehicles won't start or breakdown mid-journey. Mondial Assistance warns that motorists who fail to plan ahead are more likely to breakdown, be left stranded or be involved in an accident.

"Most breakdowns at this time of the year are due to flat batteries rather than mechanical failure," says Lee Taylor, Automotive Director at Mondial Assistance in the UK. "Try and avoid leaving your car unused for days at a time during a cold snap. So even if you are staying put over the holidays it's a good idea to start the engine and give the car a short run once or twice. This will help to avoid the dreaded flat battery, which alone is responsible for 30% of all breakdowns during this time of year. If you already have breakdown cover, make sure it covers you at home as there is a good chance that is where a car battery will fail. Just make sure you don't get caught out on the first day back to work!"

14 December 2009 Staff

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