Motorists across the country are being warned to avoid a nightmare, post-Christmas return to work on “flat battery Tuesday” which falls on January 3.
Research from leading roadside assistance provider, Allianz Global Assistance Ireland, shows demand for jump-starts dramatically increases on the first day back to work after Christmas due to cars not being driven over the extended holiday period.
Allianz Global Assistance Ireland received a 30% increase in flat battery call-outs on the first day back to work in January 2016. Figures also show an increase in calls for flat tyres and clutch faults on that day.
Roland Hesse, Managing Director Allianz Global Assistance Ireland, says: “We strongly advise motorists to avoid a “flat battery Tuesday” commuter meltdown this January. Every year we see an increase in calls on the first day back to work after Christmas because cars have not been used over the holiday period. We advise motorists to drive their cars at regular intervals over the break in order to keep the car battery charged, and to check on tyres to ensure the pressure doesn’t go down. This will help avoid stress on the first day back to work or on the school run.”
He added: “Going back to work after hibernating over the long break is tough enough. But realising that your car won’t start that morning can make matters worse. Our advice is to be prepared. Don’t leave it to the last minute to check that everything in the car is ok.”
Top 5 reasons for roadside assistance calls (January 1st to December 1st 2016. Source: Allianz Global Assistance Ireland)
1. Battery Flat: 24%
2. Wheel Change (Puncture): 10%
3. Clutch: 5%
4. Engine Management Unit: 4%
5. Alternator: 3%
Top 5 reasons for roadside assistance calls on corresponding ‘Flat Battery Day’ in 2016 (Source: Allianz Global Assistance Ireland, Monday, January 4th 2016)
1. Flat Battery: 31%
2. Alternator: 7%
3. Wheel change: 5%
4. Clutch: 4%
5. Engine management unit: 4%
Motorists post-Christmas car check list! (Allianz Global Assistance)
1. Drive the car regularly over the holiday period to keep the battery charged.
2. Check tyre pressure. Note: Over-inflated tyres are especially dangerous on icy roads.
3. Check that the tread depths on all car tyres are legal – at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the breadth and in a continuous band around the entire circumference of the tyre.
4. Be aware that in wet weather tyre performance drops considerably below 2mm of tread.
5. Ensure there is enough anti-freeze.
6. Check windscreen wipers for damage and replace if necessary.
7. Ensure there is plenty of washer fluid in the windscreen washer bottle
8. Check oil level
9. Clean lights and mirrors
10. Ensure there is sufficient breakdown cover