Motorists are being urged to check their car batteries before returning to work/ getting on the road today  amid a warning that many could be flat after the festive break.

It is predicted that today will be one of its busiest days for breakdown recovery in 2019 due to a surge in flat batteries.

Over the Christmas break many cars get left unused. That causes the output of the battery to drop which, especially for old batteries, can mean they don’t have the power to turn the engine over.

If your car has been left sitting idle or has done mostly short, stop-start journeys, the battery’s charge will likely be depleted.

Noel Gibbons road safety officer with Mayo county council said “Ideally, trickle charge the battery or, if possible, take it out before You head back to work for at least half an hour to boost it.”

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