Problems with car batteries are high on the RAC’s annual list of the 10 most common breakdown faults. Not that they need to be. Thanks to new technology such as calcium silver, modern batteries provide much better cold starting performance and longer service life than ever before, in spite of the far greater amount of electronic and current consuming equipment found in today’s cars.
Yet the RAC’s annual statistics reveal the same old story - over three times as many call outs are due to battery problems than any other component.
If your car is already displaying worrying symptoms such as sluggish cold starting, the only solution may be to bite the bullet and replace the battery.
Using lead-calcium-silver alloy construction, the latest batteries give up to 20 per cent longer service life than conventional lead acid products.
The best advice is to have the battery checked over before the onset of winter, particularly if it is more than four years old. Many garages and battery stockists offer this service free of charge.