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How Sydney’s lockdowns are causing a surge in home call outs for flat batteries

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How Sydney’s lockdown is causing a surge in home callouts for flat batteries – and what you can do to prevent a breakdown

  • New NRMA data showed 29 per cent surge in callouts for flat batteries in Sydney
  • In 12 council areas dealing with harder lockdown, there was a 35 per cent rise 
  • Motorists are advised to drive their car for 30 minutes a fortnight to charge it 










Sydney’s lockdown is causing a surge in callouts for flat batteries as more people leave their cars in the garage for weeks at a time.

New NRMA data showed a 29 per cent surge in calls to replace a battery in July and August this year when compared with the same months in 2020.

In 12 council areas of concern, where residents can’t venture more than 5km from home in any direction, the increase was 35 per cent compared with 22 per cent in the rest of greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains.

Battery issues topped the list of mechanical problems as more people worked from home and stopped visiting family and friends.

This was an even bigger issue than flat tyres, electrical faults, coolant reservoir problems and fuel system failures. 

Sydney's lockdown is causing a surge in callouts for flat batteries as more people leave their cars in the garage for weeks at a time. New NRMA data showed a 29 per cent surge in calls to replace a battery when July and August this year were compared with the same months in 2020

Sydney’s lockdown is causing a surge in callouts for flat batteries as more people leave their cars in the garage for weeks at a time. New NRMA data showed a 29 per cent surge in calls to replace a battery when July and August this year were compared with the same months in 2020

NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury said calls for roadside assistance had increased despite a sharp fall in traffic volumes.

‘Sydney’s traffic volumes during this lockdown have plummeted by as much as 50 per cent on pre Covid levels, however the NRMA has not seen similar falls in demand for roadside assistance,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

The NRMA is recommending motorists drive their car for at least 30 minutes at least every fortnight, pointing out five minutes a day was not enough time.

Outside Covid hotspots, residents can go anywhere within their local government area.

That means someone living at Hornsby can drive 50km to Wisemans Ferry while a resident of Manly can travel 30km to Palm Beach.

Those in a hotspot council area who can’t venture far are urged to use a battery charger.

In 12 council areas of concern, where residents can't venture more than 5km from home in any direction, the increase was 35 per cent compared with 22 per cent in the rest of greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains

In 12 council areas of concern, where residents can’t venture more than 5km from home in any direction, the increase was 35 per cent compared with 22 per cent in the rest of greater Sydney, the Central Coast, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains

Car workshops are classified as essential business and can still operate in NSW. 

In Sydney’s Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield and parts of the Penrith council areas, residents can’t go more than 5km from home for exercise or groceries.

They are also subjected to a 9pm to 5am curfew. 

In the rest of NSW, with regional areas also now in lockdown, residents can go anywhere within their local government area but not more than 5km in a neighbouring council area. 

NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury said calls for roadside assistance had increased despite sharp fall in traffic volumes. The NRMA is recommending motorists drive their car for at least 30 minutes at least every fortnight, pointing out five minutes a day was not enough time (pictured is the Hume Highway at Bass Hill in the locked down Canterbury-Bankstown council area)

NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury said calls for roadside assistance had increased despite sharp fall in traffic volumes. The NRMA is recommending motorists drive their car for at least 30 minutes at least every fortnight, pointing out five minutes a day was not enough time (pictured is the Hume Highway at Bass Hill in the locked down Canterbury-Bankstown council area)

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