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The big back-to-work day on the 2nd January has been dubbed “Flat Battery Tuesday” by Halfords as a result of many cars standing unused over the festive period.
After lying idle over the Christmas break many cars will refuse to start, potentially leaving millions of motorists stranded.
Recent research by the retailer has found that a whopping 60% of motorists haven’t had their battery checked in the last six months, despite the recommendation of regular checks.
In fact the survey reveals that UK motorists lack serious battery knowledge. A surprising 46% of motorists don’t know how to jump start their car which could result in motoring misery and a large 66% don’t know how to change their car battery. This rises to 80% of 25-34 year olds.
Halfords normally see demand for replacement car batteries double over the Christmas period and 40% 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.
Halfords’ free nationwide winter checks are available now in Autocentres and shops and also include checks on oil, checks and top up of screen wash, blades, bulbs, batteries, as well as a windscreen chip check service. Available now at over 700 Halfords shops and Halfords Autocentres, pop in today or book online at www.halfordsautocentres.com.
* YouGov research for Halfords, September 2017, based on a sample size of 2,042 adults and Winter Motoring Report, November 2016, based on a sample size of 500 adults.
For further information please contact Halfords@z-pr.com or 020 7287 5006