The car insurance experts urged Brits to avoid leaving their cars idle after Christmas and returning to work. RAC reported dealing with more flat batteries on the first working day of the year than any other day. This is because car batteries drain after being left idle for more than a week after Christmas.
28% of the breakdowns RAC attends on January 2 are for flat batteries out of a total of around 12,000. Drivers are advised to do multiple things to reduce the chances of being affected by flat batteries, such as not leaving their cars unused, ensuring everything is switched off when their journey is finished, and checking battery connections for tightness and freedom from corrosion.
RAC spokesperson Alice Simpson said, “Going back to work after a good Christmas break is bad enough, so the last thing any driver wants is a car that won’t start.” She suggested not leaving cars sitting completely idle over the holiday period and using them regularly instead. She added, “Any car that’s currently reluctant to start is a sign of a weak battery, meaning it’s more at risk of failing at the start of the new year. A combination of colder weather putting more strain on vehicle batteries and the greater demand on lights, heated windscreens, and wipers is a recipe for a flat battery in the winter.”