Given both the time of the year and being in the midst of another UK lockdown, batteries are at risk of failing.
We have recently seen a sharp rise in people searching for ‘car battery replacement’ and ‘car battery dead.’ Avoid running into this problem with the following advice.
VARTA (leading global provider of premium batteries) want to encourage drivers to check their battery regularly and to ask for a battery check with every repair and service job they book in with their garage. Along with this, they’re also offering up their top tips for prolonging the life of your car battery!
Did you know that a whopping 40% of breakdowns are caused by battery failure! Most of us know the feeling of being stranded roadside waiting for breakdown recovery to come and save the day… and wondering the monetary damage of what’s gone wrong with our cars! Battery jobs cost an average of £150 (data taken from WCFMC January 2021), a cost that can usually be avoided, if we take the time to look after our batteries.
Many drivers are finding that the recent run of frosty mornings and sub-zero temperatures has resulted in their battery failing to start their car. The colder the weather gets, the weaker your battery becomes; its working capacity drops as the temperature lowers. Therefore, you should always check the component more in the cooler months, whether that be yourself, or by visiting a garage.
Coupled with the cold weather, the recent lockdown has meant car batteries are facing extra challenges. Irregular car usage caused by lockdown can have a negative effect on the battery. As people are making less journeys and using their cars less, or in many cases, not at all, the battery is going flat – as it is not being recharged (which takes place during the vehicle moving).
So don’t become a statistic, and ensure that your battery is in good working order/health.
When your vehicle is in the garage workshop, ask them to test the battery and check it’s status; even if it’s not in for a battery related job. Not only will it give you peace of mind, it may catch developing issues early on. This will save you a lot of pennies in the long run!
Don’t use your car electronics when you’re idling.
Limit shorter car journeys; try to combine them in to one longer trip/journey.
Make sure all lights are turned off when you exit your vehicle.
Visually inspect your battery for corrosion.
Driving regularly. During the lockdown this is hard to do as you cannot make any non-essential journeys. However if you can make at least one journey a week to get your groceries or essential items, this should help keep the battery charged. If possible avoid leaving the vehicle unused for over 2-3 weeks.