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Flat batteries top call-out request during lockdown

Roadside assistance provider Allianz Partners has revealed that the top call-out request during lockdown (April, May and June) this year was for flat batteries. It says this increased by almost 72 per cent compared to the same period last year, (3,281 in 2020 compared with 1,910 in 2019).

As expected, due to travel restrictions, roadside car recoveries in April and May were significantly down on figures for 2019, at 704 in April (compared to 1,638 in April 2019), and 924 in May (compared with 1,582 in May 2019).

Conversely, the number of call-outs in which technicians were able to provide on-the-spot roadside assistance increased significantly in April and May of this year compared with last.

The request for wheel change (puncture) was down significantly in 2020 where there were a total of 531 in April and May of 2019, and 291 in the same period of 2020.

Roland Hesse, MD Allianz Partners comments: “We are the leading company in Ireland offering roadside assistance for many car brands. These figures are interesting because they do seem to indicate that that the government advice to stay at home and within a short distance of your home was heeded during what has become known as the lockdown. Our technicians were also able to attend twice as many call-outs per day as we would normally be able to service due to the traffic being considerably lighter than normal.”