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For all of you who took it easy over Christmas and didn’t use the car, we hope you aren’t experiencing Flat Battery Monday! Allianz Global Assistance Ireland has dubbed January 4th Flat Battery Monday as Irish motorists who haven’t used their cars over the Christmas break may have car trouble, with flat batteries being the main culprit.

On the corresponding day in January 2015 (January 5th 2015), Allianz Global Assistance saw an increase of 21% in call outs, compared to an average Monday, with the busiest time of the day between 9.00am and 11.00am.

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While flat batteries are the main cause of vehicle breakdown call-outs throughout the year, puncture repairs and technical issues with the vehicle can also cause difficulties for motorists. According to Allianz Global Assistance, the ‘Top Five’ reasons for breakdown call-outs for Irish motorists in 2015 were:

1. Flat battery

2. Wheel change (due to puncture)

3. Clutch

4. Alternator

5. Electrical fault

Roland Hesse, Managing Director, Allianz Global Assistance Ireland said:

“The vast majority of call outs this Monday morning are expected to be because customers can’t get the car started as a result of a flat battery. Motorists don’t use their cars over the holidays or just take them for short journeys, which can be very tough on the battery, leaving the person stranded in the driveway on the first day back at work.”

Of course if you aren’t back to work until tomorrow, you can still do something about it and check your car is working properly before you head out. If not and you experienced Flat Battery Monday today, at least you can be prepared for next year!

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