Written on January 27, 2016 at 1:53 pm
Take Care Of Your Batteries Says Manbat
In common with the passenger vehicle sector, statistics from across Europe confirm that battery related problems are regularly the reason behind commercial vehicle (CV) breakdowns.
“Therefore, fleet and owner operators need to understand the importance of maintaining their batteries,” says Myles Pemberton, marketing manager for Manbat, the UK’s largest automotive battery distributor.
“Naturally, not all battery related callouts will require the purchase of a new battery, but many will. It is therefore very important that operators have access to the good quality batteries they need, particularly when the weather gets extreme.
“Although some might opt for a ‘whatever will do’ approach to battery replacement, a more responsible – and I might add, more cost effective – approach is to install a quality product that will prove reliable over the longer term.
“Although fleet operators never want to have to replace their batteries, generally they’d be far happier to pay 50% more for something that will last three years or more, rather than pay a bit less and have to replace them a year later!
“When it comes to operators understanding how they can get the best from their batteries, workshops are ideally placed to help and advise them.
“Simple examples could include explaining that 80% of battery failures are a result of poor charge maintenance and that the alternator will often not fully recharge the battery on a vehicle used for short distance, multi-drop work. However, regular mains charging can increase the serviceable life of a battery by two years or more!
“Despite looking like a simple plastic box, batteries are complex and need care, which is why a sound maintenance regime is so important.”