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Flat batteries are New Year downers

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Flat batteries will take the sparkle out of New Year for as many as three million motorists, according to not-for-profit breakdown company Environmental Transport Association (ETA).

It warns that the cold weather and not using the car over Christmas will leave many back-to-workers feeling deflated - and out of pocket after paying for a breakdown service.

It is expecting the number of stranded motorists to be higher this year may as the credit crunch tempts many to reduce motoring costs by cutting back on breakdown cover.

ETA director Andrew Davis said: "It's not just people who can feel flat following the New Year festivities; the sub-zero temperatures predicted for early January mean many car batteries will fail on that first Monday back to work."

The ETA will employ a fleet of 8,500 recovery vehicles this January, and urges those with breakdown cover to ensure it includes home call-outs.

© Press Association 2009