Irish motorists are being advised to plan ahead and avoid unnecessary car trouble on the first day back at work after the Christmas break.
Monday, January 4, is being dubbed ‘Flat Battery Monday,’ as roadside-assistance provider Allianz Global Assistance Ireland anticipates calls from motorists due to car breakdowns to increase by a fifth.
Drivers who haven’t used their cars over the break typically find their cars won’t start, with flat batteries expected to be the main culprit.
On the corresponding day in January, Allianz Global Assistance saw an increase of 21% in callouts, compared to an average Monday, with the busiest time of the day between 9am and 11am.
While flat batteries are the main cause of vehicle breakdown callouts throughout the year, puncture repairs and technical issues with the vehicle can also cause difficulties for motorists.
According to Allianz Global Assistance, the top five reasons for breakdown callouts for Irish motorists in 2015 were flat battery, wheel change (due to puncture), clutch, alternator, and electrical fault.
Roland Hesse, the managing director of Allianz Global Assistance Ireland, is advising motorists to plan ahead. “The vast majority of callouts this Monday morning are expected to be because customers can’t get the car started as a result of a flat battery,” he said.
“Motorists don’t use their cars over the holidays or just take them for short journeys, which can be very tough on the battery, leaving the person stranded in the driveway on the first day back at work.”
Mr Hesse added: “Our advice is to take the car for at least a 30-minute drive before Monday, ensuring the car is fully charged. Double check too that the car lights, including interior lights, are switched off once the car is parked, as we all know this can quickly drain the battery. And to be extra safe, have up-to-date public transport options to hand, just in case the breakdown is more serious than a simple flat battery.”
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