RACQ urges drivers to be aware of car battery health

The RACQ is urging Australian drivers to be on the lookout for signs that the batteries in their cars might be close to failing, in order to avoid time consuming and costly breakdowns this summer.

According to RACQ technical researcher Russell Manning, flat batteries are the cause of 44 per cent of roadside calls that the agency responds to.

He notes that while some of these incidents are caused by human error, others are due to wear and tear, and could potentially be avoided if drivers paid a little more attention to the relevant warning signs.

"While some incidents can be attributed to leaving the vehicle’s lights on for extended periods, many are caused from inadequate recharging or the battery simply reaching the end of its life," said Mr Manning in a statement released January 11.

"An engine not cranking over as quickly as usual is one of the first signs your battery may be in poor health."

Mr Manning says that anyone who notices a problem with their car battery should have it tested by an auto-electrician as soon as possible.

For organisations operating a fleet of company vehicles, regular fleet maintenance and servicing can be a good way to ensure that the batteries in your company cars are in good health all year round.

According to Mr Manning, extreme temperatures like those being experienced by many Australians across the country can accelerate the process of battery deterioration, so it may be worthwhile advising your drivers to be extra vigilant at this time of year.

It's also worth noting however that regardless of how well you keep your company vehicles serviced, accidents will occasionally occur.

For that reason, it's important that you contact a fleet services provider which can offer 24/7 accident management and roadside assistance, in order to ensure the safety and peace of mind of your drivers.