EXPERTS are warning drivers to be aware of so-called 'flat-battery Tuesday' as it could save them £100s.
Tuesday 3rd January has been given the name following the number of people being caught out after the festive period.
After lying idle over the festive period many vans and cars will refuse to start.
Research by Toolstation has found that a whopping 20% of motorists have never had their battery checked, despite the recommendation of regular checks.
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It also found that 60% of motorists haven’t had their battery checked since last winter, despite the recommendation of regular two-three monthly checks.
In fact the survey reveals that UK motorists lack serious battery knowledge.
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A surprising 16% of 25-34 year old drivers are unable to locate the battery in their car, while a surprising 46% of motorists don’t know how to jump start their car which could result in motoring misery for many.
The damp, frost and rain and working from home is likely to spell misery for many.
Letting your battery degrade to a point that it needs to be replaced could end up costing you £100s for the part and fitting.
Toolstation is urging all motorists to carry out some basic checks over the period in order to avoid frustration on the day.
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Matt Kent, Toolstation’s category manager for automotive says: “It’s not just commuters who will feel sluggish after the festive period, but their vehicles too.
"Using your van or car’s heater, air conditioning or lights, places greater demand on its battery.
"This combined with leaving them standing idle in sub-zero temperatures could result in a less than positive start to the new year – so it’s worth giving your vehicle a quick health check before driving on Tuesday and investing in some products that can help with a quick start to get you mobile again.”
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Toolstation has the following advice for motorists before Tuesday.
Jump Leads – having a set up of jump leads handy in your boot will help you get back on the road quickly if your vehicle doesn’t start in the morning.
Battery – if your battery takes more attempts than usual to start, appears sluggish or the warning light on your dashboard is illuminated, it could be a sign of imminent failure. Use a battery charger to replenish lost charge and see if this rectifies the problem.
Bulbs – when was the last time you checked your vehicle’s lights were in working order? Ask a friend or family member to observe whilst you run through them all in sequence from the driver's seat – not forgetting to check brake lights illuminate correctly and fog lights are functioning.
Oil – check engine oil levels and top-up with oil as as required.
Screenwash – it's important to make sure your screenwash is topped up going in to winter.
Antifreeze – prevent any build-up of rust & scale and protect your engine from corroding whilst your car lays idle by topping up with antifreeze/coolant over the holiday period.
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