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Flat car battery? – Here’s how to get your car started and prevent it from happening


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Here’s a guide for drivers changing a car battery

Drivers are being warned of the potential for their over the Christmas period due to a lack of activity. 

Millions of drivers could wake up to find their car’s battery has run flat over the festive period. 

According to the RAC, Tuesday 2nd of January is the busiest day for breakdowns in the UK, with around 11,300 predicted to run into problems.

This is mainly due to the fact that batteries have not had time to charge over the Christmas period, because the cars haven’t been driven.

Older batteries may also struggle to start in the colder weather conditions.

James Knight, director of roadside operations at the RAC explains: “Typically the busiest day for breakdowns is the first day back to work after the festive period so this year calls will peak on Tuesday 2nd January when we anticipate there will be around 11,300 breakdowns. 

“This is because many people have not driven their vehicles over the Christmas period and so their batteries have not had the chance to charge-up and older, tired batteries will struggle in the icy conditions to start their vehicle.

“We advise drivers to take their cars out for a ten or fifteen minute journey on the day before they return to work just to charge the battery. 

“It would be wise to invest another ten minutes in some simple checks to ensure your oil, coolant and screen wash are all topped up, your lights and wipers are all working and your tyres are at the correct pressure and have a good depth of tread. 

“This will be time well spent and could save you from the inconvenience and frustration of a New Year breakdown.” 

Here is what you need to do to try and avoid having your battery go flat: 

-Try and keep the battery charged by doing a number of journeys over the Christmas period ranging in distance. According to Auto Express, batteries are subjected to peak strain when driving a high number of short journeys as they are not giving enough time to recharge the battery.

-Depress the clutch while starting your engine as their can help take the strain off the car. 


Typically the busiest day for breakdowns is the first day back to work after the festive period

James Knight, director of roadside operations at the RAC


-Make sure you switch your headlights off overnight, as these can easily drain the battery. 

-Servicing your car regularly can help identify things on the car that could be putting extra strain on the battery. 

Drivers are being warned that they should not try to jump start their car if the battery is damaged, leaking or corroded.

How to jump-start you car, according to information provided by Dummies website:

-Park the dead car and a car with a working battery next to each other but not touching. 

-Make sure both hand breaks are engaged and the car is in Park or in Neutral. 

-Open the car bonnets and attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal on your car and then attach it to the positive terminal on the other car. 

-Attach the black clips to the negative terminal on the other battery and then attack it to an unpainted metal surface on your car that isn’t near your car battery.

-Turn on the ignition of the working car and after a bout a minute, try and turn on the car with dead battery. 

-If this fails to work then try and let it run for five minutes before trying to start it again.

-If the car does not start after this period of time it may be beyond help and need replacing, but, if it does start you should drive it around for at least 30 minutes to charge it up. 

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Millions of drivers could wake up to find their car’s battery has run flat over the festive period.

Recent research by Halford has found that a whopping 60 per cent of motorists haven’t had their battery checked in the last six months, despite the recommendation of regular checks.

Almost half of motorists don’t know how to jump start their car which could result in motoring misery and 66 per cent don’t know how to change their car battery rising to to 80% of 25-34 year olds.

Halfords normally see demand for replacement car batteries double over the Christmas period and 40 per cent of customers take advantage of fitting too.

Ella Colley, Halfords winter motoring expert says: “It isn’t just commuters who will feel sluggish after the festive period, but their cars too. 

“Using your car’s heater, lights and devices like dash cams places greater demand on your battery, and this combined with leaving your car standing idle in sub-zero temperatures could result in a less than positive start to 2018 – so it’s worth giving your car a quick health check this weekend or taking it to a Halfords where we will do it for you.”

Halfords is offering free battery checks at Halfords Autocentres and Halfords stores throughout the UK to ensure they are ready for the back-to-work commute.



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