Don't get caught out: Motorists at flat battery risk amid new driving trends

CTEK to help motorists love their battery this Charge Your Car Day

VIKMANSHYTTAN, Sweden, Oct. 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CTEK Sweden AB, a leading global brand in battery management solutions, today urges motorists to give love to the humble battery this 'Charge Your Car Day'. Since the COVID-19 pandemic was first announced, roads around the world have experienced ever-changing traffic conditions, and fluctuating driving habits are bringing car battery health to the fore.

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As many people around the world have been home-bound under COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, various cities have experienced surges in flat car battery cases. This is because car batteries become far more likely to fall flat the less frequently the car is driven or charged.

Conversely, for those locations where self-isolation restrictions have been eased, and consumers are more regularly leaving home, many are choosing to travel in their private vehicles, as opposed to public transport, due to personal safety concerns. Those taking regular short road journeys, particularly in urban areas, are at heightened risk of experiencing a flat battery, because these trips can often involve frequent stopping and starting of the engine, putting immense pressure on the vehicle battery and requiring it to work harder.

To help educate motorists on the important role the car battery plays and simple steps for ensuring it won't let you down, CTEK is today celebrating 'Charge Your Car Day', a global celebration every 5 October of the humble-but-hardworking car battery. Whether your vehicle is fuel-powered, hybrid or electric, the battery is the beating heart of your car, and as such requires love to keep it working to the best of its ability.

Jon Lind, CEO, CTEK, said: "The humble car battery has been working hard for us for the past 100 years. Back then, all a car battery had to do was start the car. Today, the battery not only gets a car moving, but also powers all of the technology within your vehicle - from keyless entry, alarms and immobilisers, onboard computers and the air conditioning. And that's just fuel-powered vehicles! When it comes to electric vehicles, the car battery is critical for every facet of the vehicle functioning.

"It's easy to forget how much hard work your car battery has to do, so 'Charge Your Car Day' is a terrific opportunity to remind us all that we've got to look after it. Making sure your battery is charged and giving it a bit of additional TLC can extend its life, saving motorists time and money," continued Lind.

Caring for your battery is simple and can be easily integrated into your regular routine. To help us make sure our batteries are always in peak condition, CTEK has developed some top tips for car owners amid current driving trends around the world:


1. Money saver: Battery failure is often reported as the number one cause
for breakdowns around the world, and with a growing amount of sensitive
electronic equipment added to today's modern cars, this issue is on the
rise. Utilising battery chargers can help you save time, battery costs,
towing costs, repair costs, and the environment through regular battery
maintenance.
2. Regular charging: At least once a month while your car is parked in the
garage, reach for your battery charger, connect it up and leave it do its
work quickly, safely and efficiently. If you have an electric vehicle,
it's recommended you follow the ABC rule - Always Be Charging.
3. TLC: Caring for your battery after it's charged is just as important as
charging it in the first place. Today's modern chargers will almost
certainly have built-in maintenance and troubleshoot programs - most of
them automatic - that will make sure your car battery has a healthy
heart.
4. Temperature aware: Battery performance can be reduced by as much as 35
per cent when temperatures hit freezing, and by as much as half when the
temperatures go even lower. Conversely, heat is also the number one
killer of car batteries. Motorists should be extra cautious in extreme
temperatures, being sensitive to any vehicle changes such as the way your
car starts, or the operation of the electrical system in general. Any
changes can indicate a weak battery or problems in the electrical system.
Lind added: "A battery performs best when it's in peak condition, and proper charging extends battery life significantly. Regular charging is a simple, quick process for car owners, and by reducing your possibility of breakdowns due to battery failure, you're saving money."

For further information on 'Charge Your Car Day' and advice for motorists, please visit www.chargeyourcarday.com [http://www.chargeyourcarday.com/]

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Katharine Parker
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E-mail: katharine.parker@ctek.com [mailto:katharine.parker@ctek.com]

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