Car breakdown experts reveal major issue caused as drivers ‘haven’t been using their cars’

Car breakdown experts reveal major issue caused as drivers ‘haven’t been using their cars’

Car breakdown teams at LV Britannia Rescue have revealed 54 percent of all claims made over a 24 hour period this week were due to vehicles engine failing to ignite. Experts warn the issues are usually battery related and can be directly linked to motorists not using their car for long periods of time.

AMT general manager, Ian Wright, warned not taking measures to maintain car parts could see garages becoming overwhelmed after lockdown restrictions are eased.

He said: “These increased queries around car maintenance should serve as a reminder for all drivers to ensure that their vehicles remain roadworthy, in order to make the transition to commuting as seamless as possible when the time comes.

“Not taking measures to maintain battery health and tyre condition could lead to garages being overwhelmed as the lockdown eases and may force drivers to resort to public transport to get to work – against government advice.

“It’s therefore far preferable for drivers to follow simple car maintenance procedures in order to keep things running smoothly.”

To reduce the chances of a battery failing during lockdown, motorists could consider using a trickle charger or a battery conditioner.

The RAC says this is the most effective way to keep a battery in good health with little or no use during the shutdown.

However, experts say driving the vehicle for between 15 and 20 minutes would be enough to top up the battery efficiently.

Mr Topham said: “It’s really important to keep your car in good condition, whether that be checking your tyres, keeping an eye on your battery and taking your car out for short trips to maintain engine performance.”

Failing to maintain the car battery could see the vital car part becoming destroyed and needing to be replaced.  

According to motoring experts Fixter, forgetting a new battery could cost motorists between £100 and £300.

Published at Thu, 04 Jun 2020 10:39:00 +0000