With bad weather looming, and Christmas coming, it is probably a good time to politely remind all drivers about the need to keep an eye on the health of their cars… in particular, the battery.
You use the car every day to get to work… and it hasn’t given you ANY problems… All MUST be fine… Well, hopefully, yes!
AA Busiest Day of the Year
However, it is worth remembering that not using the car as much, and perhaps making several much shorter journeys, the car’s battery will not get recharged as much as on longer trips. This means that, come that first day back at work when you’re running late and it is cold and raining outside, the battery might not be up to getting the car started. In fact, on the first day back in 2016 over 7000 people called the AA with that very problem.
There are, of course, things that you can do to try to avoid these issues:
If you use your car a few times for journeys that are at least 30 minutes long, all should be well since the car will charge the battery for you.
If you are NOT going to use the car, you might wish to consider using a battery charger to keep the battery topped up, or to fully recharge the day before you are back to work.
If you have two cars, but have only used one over the holidays, it might be worth having that set of jump leads handy… and remember to look up how to use them safely! UKMotorTalk’s Winter Driving Tips