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Out of Lockdown, Out of Battery

Four weeks of lockdown has provided all of us with more than a few inconveniences, headaches and sacrifices but it’s not only the Government that should be looking at an exit plan. Getting back on the road may not be as straight forward as you think.

The RAC in Britain has warned UK drivers they may be facing battery problems and all those short runs to the grocery store may be the culprit. 

The Brits are a nation of car lovers with bank holiday weekends such as the Easter weekend just past proving popular with motorist jamming up motorways to get to the best beauty spots the country has to offer. However this last Easter weekend saw the lowest number of vehicles on the road since the 60’s.

With thousands of vehicles being left idle for such long periods and mainly doing such short local journeys, many motorist will find themselves with flat batteries.

Even when a vehicle is not being used batteries will gradually loose charge , extras such immobilisers will still draw power even when the car is sat in the driveway, this along with the normal chemical reactions will draw enough power to flatten the battery.

Normally batteries recharge when they are driven but the RAC warn that the short infrequent journes we are doing during lockdown may not be enough to sufficiently recharge the battery and keep it going.

Drivers may also want to take on this advice if they are relying on their vehicles in case of emergencies. Wise precautions to help make sure your vehicle starts when you need it could be to make sure you have jump leads at the ready and be sure you know how to safely bump start your vehicle if needed.

Stay safe.

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