The HiQ fast fit network is promising to provide some care and attention to motorists' car batteries, after reporting a surge in sales during the freezing start to 2010. For the month of January alone, the network dealt with 36 per cent more flat battery breakdowns than December 2009, and 32 per cent more than January 2009. The HiQ network believes that January has been the busiest in its history in relation to battery related problems, as scores of motorists call in for emergency help. And now, in an attempt to help drivers stay away from a trip to the forecourt in future, HiQ is offering some tips to prolong the life of their car batteries. Participating centres will also offer free checks, complete with a clean and greasing of terminals.
HiQ's marketing manager Geraldine McGovern said: "Battery malfunctions are very common, particularly during the cold weather that we have been experiencing. "We would encourage motorists to avoid keeping car lights and headlights on for a long time when not necessary. Also, if they turn off the air conditioning system when not needed, the battery will not be weakened as much. "We would like to offer free battery checks, because a build-up of rust and corrosion can lead to problems in start-ups as a result of a loss of electrical contact. We can check this. "If any powdery layers can be seen forming around the battery terminals, then action should be taken." HiQ is attempting to position itself as the fast fit network of trust and recently celebrated its first anniversary as a fully franchised network. By the end of 2010, the network will attempt to grow to 185 centres, all of which boasting new, award winning corporate identity. Contact your local HiQ centre.