One per cent. A Bosch Automotive Aftermarket survey conducted revealed that only one per cent of women indicated that they are able to troubleshoot their vehicles when they experience a breakdown as compared to 48 per cent of men. In the survey, Bosch polled 350 Malaysian drivers aged between 18 and 55 on car battery management habits, which coincidentally contributes to statistics as the main cause of vehicle breakdowns as well.
The survey found that 84 per cent of women turn to family and friends while 12 per cent of them would call auto assist organisations when their cars stall due to battery failure.
“Our survey shows that 70 per cent of vehicle breakdowns were caused by battery malfunction. This can pose not only an inconvenience but also a safety risk to all drivers, especially women if they are stranded all alone”, said Mr. Pang Yoon Kong, country manager of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket in Malaysia.
Five signs of a failing car battery:
- Slow engine crank
The cranking of the engine is sluggish and takes a longer time to start.
- Dashboard Warning Light
When the battery power is weak, the engine warning light on the dashboard appears.
- Having to jump battery
Replace the battery if the vehicle has been jump-started more than three times in a week.
- Swollen battery case
Car battery exposed to excessive amounts of heat may swell and results in shorter life span.
- Smells like rotten eggs
As a car battery contains sulphuric acid, it may vent a foul smelling gas, much like rotten eggs, when it has been internally shorted, frozen, or overcharged. Have the battery inspected as soon as possible as the sulphuric acid leakage may damage other car parts.
“More drivers now prefer maintenance-free batteries, compared to lead-acid batteries which require constant and regular maintenance on the driver’s part. Maintenance-free batteries have more advantages as they typically have higher cranking power and charge capacities, recharge faster and last longer,” added Pang.
So were you surprised? For more info about Bosch batteries, visit Bosch Malaysia homepage.
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