How can you stop your battery from going flat?

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If you've been using your car less lately, how can you make sure your car is road ready for you when you need it again?

  • Sometimes our cars stay on the drive, unused, for a while at a time
  • A flat battery is the last thing you need when you want to get out 
  • Let's make sure our cars stay in shape while they're being used less

Any trip will help to keep your battery alive and kicking

We learned a lot during the coronavirus pandemic, including the importance of keeping your car up and running while it's not being used. During the first lockdown period of 2020 (16th March to 4th July), LV= Britannia Rescue reported that battery related breakdowns were up almost 30% compared to the same period in 2019, which we can assume is due to us using our cars a lot less than normal during lockdown.

LV= Britannia Rescue also revealed that 54% of all claims made over a 24 hour period when the first lockdown was lifted, were due to vehicle engines failing to start. Experts say the issues are usually battery related and can be directly linked to motorists not using their car for long periods of time.

So, what can we do to make sure our cars aren’t left neglected while we’re using them a little less this winter?

Charge your battery

Keep an eye on your battery and if it’s running down, give it a charge. If your battery keeps going flat, you may want to consider replacing it or getting it checked – especially if you’re using your car for essential work during these challenging times. As the weather gets colder, your car will be working extra hard, so it's more important than ever to make sure your battery is running ok. 

Turn your engine over

Even if it’s a quick drive to do the food shop, any trip can help in maintaining good engine performance. If you’re not going out as much as you usually would, you can keep battery issues at bay by turning the engine over or taking a drive around the block until your vehicle is up to working temperature.

Check your car and tyres

If you drive in the dark, you'll want to make sure your lights, rear reflectors and both indicators are clean and working, and that no lenses are cracked. 

Regularly checking your tyres is also important, no matter how often you use your car or how far you drive. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre and around its circumference. However, you should replace your tyres well before they get to the legal standard.

You may also want to check out our guide on winter car care to make sure your car is ready whatever the weather. So, to make sure our cars aren't neglected, give them a clean and check their essentials.

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