FLAT BATTERY MONDAY WARNING FOR KEY WORKERS AND THOSE MAKING ESSENTIAL JOURNEYS
- 4th January named as ‘Flat Battery Monday’
- Key workers offered free £15 10 point car check at Halfords
4th January has been named as ‘Flat Battery Monday’ by Halfords, where many key and essential workers making essential journeys, face being left stranded because their cars refuse to start after lying idle over Christmas and the latest Tier lockdowns.
Millions of drivers have used their cars far less than they normally would and with many still avoiding public transport, this means that millions of motorists won’t have used their cars in several weeks or even months.
The combination of lockdowns which have forced most people to stay at home and the colder and wet weather means that many vehicles have been hit by torrential rain and dropping temperatures – compounding the problem.
Laura Walsh, Halfords winter motoring expert says: “The combination of the lockdown when vehicles have only been used for essential journeys, and the rain, damp and frost, is a recipe for battery problems. Drivers tend to use their lights, de-misters and fans much more at this time of year which will put which electrical systems under extra strain and if the battery is old, or in poor condition, failures are more likely. A battery failure is one of the main reasons for calling a breakdown service at this time of year. It’s worth giving your car a quick health check before heading back on the road or visiting us where we can carry the check out for free.”
Research by Halfords found that a surprising 20% of motorists have never had their battery checked, despite the recommendation of regular checks. The survey also revealed that UK motorists lack serious battery knowledge. A surprising 65% of motorists don’t know how change their car battery and this rises to 83% of 25-34 year olds.
Other issues that motorists might face include not checking their tyre pressure – the research found that 27% of motorists haven’t checked their tyre tread in the last three months, while 42% have said that they don’t know how to check their tyre pressure.
Halfords are advising those motorists who have to make essential journeys to carry out basic checks in order to avoid frustration when they return. Halfords and Halfords Autocentres are also offering a free £15 10 point car check to all NHS workers, emergency workers, teachers and members of the Armed Forces. This includes checks on headlights and brake lights, wiper blades, batteries, windscreen chips and checks and tops ups on tyre tread and inflation, oil levels, screen wash and Ad Blue and coolant: https://www.halfords.com/motoring/batteries/car-batteries/free-full-10-point-car-check-for-nhs-and-emergency-workers-429526.html
It is always best to plan ahead and be prepared, so Halfords recommends motorists undertake the following checks as a precaution:
Battery – if your battery takes more attempts than usual to start the car, appears sluggish or the warning light on your dashboard is illuminated, it could be a sign of imminent failure. Use a 12V car battery charger to replenish lost charge and see if this rectifies the problem or call into Halfords for a free battery check. If the battery needs replacing, first check the receipt to see if it is still under guarantee and if so, return it to where it was purchased for replacement. If buying a replacement consider the length of guarantee (usually between 3-5 years). There is usually a correlation between guarantee length and quality. To help prolong the life of an older battery or prevent a newly purchased one from expiring prematurely, consider purchasing a battery charger with a maintenance function.
Bulbs – when was the last time you checked your car’s lights were in working order? Ask a friend or family member to observe whilst you run through them all in sequence from the driver’s seat – not forgetting to check brake lights illuminate correctly and fog lights are functioning. A defective head, side or tail light bulb significantly increases the risk of an accident but in the autumn and winter it is easy to miss a faulty bulb. Also consider upgrading your bulbs – for example, did you know Halfords fits 150% brighter bulbs which with a longer beam length, illuminate more of the road.
Oil – check engine oil levels and top-up as required. If your car has stood for some time, there may be oil beneath it – a clear sign of a leak.
Tyres – while a car is off the road, motorists should pay careful attention to their tyre pressures. To keep them at their best, they can be temporarily inflated to the manufacturer’s maximum recommended pressure. After lockdown when the vehicle returns to regular use, the pressure should be adjusted to the recommended standard inflation.
HALFORDS DECLARES 2021 THE YEAR OF THE E-SCOOTER
-E-scooters are one of the most coveted gadgets this year-
-1 in 5 would consider using one for commuting-
-Halfords calls for legislation of personal e-scooters to be speeded up-
Halfords has revealed that sales of e-scooters have almost tripled in the last year by 184% and the e-mobility device looks like it’s topping the Christmas must-have lists and beyond. As a result Halfords is calling for personal e-scooters to be made legal on UK roads.
Halfords e-mobility expert Matt Banks said: “We have seen a surge in the number of e-scooters purchased from Halfords in 2020 and, as the results suggest, this is a trend that shows little sign of slowing down. For those that have bought one, the best Christmas gift would be a clear framework and regulation that makes them safe to ride on the UK’s roads, which is why we have been calling for action on this over the last year. Any new regulations should deliver safer roads, and ensure that e-scooter road users behave responsibly and with care and attention, but the current blanket ban on e-scooters does not offer this.”
Research by Halfords shows that almost half (45% ) of adults think that commuting on them would be fun. In addition, if they were legal, almost three quarters (71%) would consider using them to make short journeys, while 52% would consider making a daily commute on them.
The survey shows that 52% of people are eager to use them for commuting short distances to work. Along with e-bikes, the safe use of e-scooters has the potential to revolutionise the way we travel and can help address pollution and congestion problems – 55% of the public think e-scooters are good for the environment, while 53% are confident that legalising e-scooters could ease congestion.
Matt Banks continues: “If made legal, personal e-scooters could offer a number of benefits. They have the potential to offer a low-cost alternative to using public transport or cars– for shorter journeys in particular. They are a ready to ride solution and mean you can just pop on your helmet, jump on your scooter and go.”
They take minutes to set up and are simple to ride and they are better for the environment, helping to ease congestion and address pollution problems.”
“We’ve also recently improved our offering by launching several new e-scooters in time for Christmas, including one of the most stylish and lightweight e-scooters on the market, the Unagi Model One E500 Electric Scooter and several models from Segway Ninebot.”
The Government is under increasing pressure to legalise e-scooters, with recent calls from MPs stating their benefits as a way to cut car journeys and reduce air pollution – helping towards the Prime Ministers’ Green Agenda.
The continued growth in electric modes of transport – including e-bikes, e-cars and e-scooters – has led to a rise in sales of e-mobility products up by 184% and is leading Halfords to train 1,500 extra technicians to service electric cars, bikes and scooters. In line with the consumer demand for products and knowledge, Halfords has launched an Electric Hub at https://halfords.com/electrification.html.