Driving during the winter has numerous pitfalls, one of which is the risk of trying to get to work in the morning and finding that your battery is flat.
Why are flat batteries rife in winter?
While it is, of course, possible for batteries to fail at any time of the year, the risk of having a flat battery is significantly increased during the cold winter months. There are three reasons for this:
- The power output of the battery drops during freezing temperatures
- The battery’s ability to recharge while driving drops, meaning it will not recharge as quickly as it normally would
- Lights, wipers and blowers; rear-screen de-icers, heated and so on significantly increase the load, draining the battery far quicker than under normal circumstances
Battery problems in winter can be avoided by:
- Replacing batteries that are more than five years old before freezing temperatures set in
- Ensuring clamps and connections are corrosion free
- Ensuring anything electrical is turned off before the car is parked at night
- Keeping anything electrical switched off and dipping the clutch in order to reduce the overall load when starting the car
Investing in a modern intelligent charger or battery conditioner is also a good idea, as this will enable you to recharge the battery if and when necessary without having to call and wait for help.
Other dangers of driving winter
Having a flat battery is one of the minor hazards of winter driving. Black ice, snow and even rain can significantly increase the risk of being involved in a road traffic accident. Braking distances and visibility will be significantly reduced during wintry weather, making reduced speeds and due care and attention even more vital than usual if trying to prevent vehicle collisions.
Other road users
Unfortunately, not all drivers seem to appreciate the necessity to drive responsibly during winter conditions. The resulting car, cycling or motorcycling accidents can have serious consequences. Should you be injured in a motoring accident caused by such a driver, you may qualify for passenger or driver injury compensation.
In order to successfully claim for compensation after a vehicle accident, you will need the help of a qualified solicitor. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with experienced, highly qualified in-house injury lawyers, who are able to conduct your case effectively and efficiently. Give us a call via our Freephone helpline number today, on 0800 689 0500, to learn more about claiming for car accident compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice