Battery life is not just a winter issue

Car battery jumper cables

According to three of the UK’s most popular emergency motoring services, reports motoring writer Iain Robertson, call-outs to vehicles suffering battery problems have reached record levels in recent years.

Motorcars and light vans produced over the past twenty years are amazing marvels of automotive genius. Well, they are until they break down. As I find myself saying far too often, we depend on our motor vehicles so much that, when something does go wrong, we are frequently and completely unprepared for it.

Armed with electronic gizmos, plug-in devices and countless optional extras, it is inevitable that the car’s electrical system takes a hammering on a regular basis. However, battery problems occur because we often do not drive far enough to recharge the system more consistently. As a result, the typical stop-start involved in daily commuting to work places the car’s battery under intense strain. It reaches a breaking point and simply fails.

While I might be considered as slightly off-the-wall sometimes, I have always believed that, if we treated our cars in the same way that we treat our bodies, with regular visits to health spas and gyms, the problems might never occur (or they might occur more frequently!). Petrol, or diesel, is the food. The engine is like our tummies; it digests the food and gives us energy. The cooling radiator is the blood and the springs and dampers are the muscles in our legs and arms.

However, part of that same system is the battery, which might be similar to our hearts. Ensure that it is always full-charged and healthy and there is no reason why every other aspect of its physiology should not follow suit. However, battery problems still occur. Car alarms and immobilisers, sat-navs, mobile telephones and laptops, in-car TV/Video equipment, even plug-in kettles and coffee-makers can drain a typical battery to the point at which its individual cells just give-up. That is when you call out the AA, RAC, Green Flag, or other emergency service.

Fortunately, Mr Clutch exercises its immense buying power to very good effect on the battery front. While almost every model of motorcar, or light commercial vehicle, is equipped with a battery and charging system that is unique to its needs, there is a lot of commonality and Mr Clutch can supply a 12-Volt battery for the average car from as little as £64.95.

Of course, the more complex the model, the more demanding is its electrical system, and some batteries can be significantly larger and even more powerful. Regardless, Mr Clutch will help you to understand the peculiarities of your own vehicle and arrive at the most efficient and cost-effective solution to your charging problems.

While a car stranded on your driveway is moderately easy to resolve, to avoid being immobilised on the open road, or, worse, in a fee-paying car park, a visit to Mr Clutch might make you most grateful for both its friendly service and speedy outcome.