ROADSIDE assistance companies are anticipating their busiest day of the year on Wednesday, with calls from stranded motorists expected to surge by 40pc.
Many drivers who haven't used their vehicles over the festive period, will get behind the wheel to return to work that day. But experts say many won't even be able to start their cars.
Roland Hesse, general manager of Allianz Global Assistance Ireland, said flat batteries would be the biggest single cause of breakdowns.
He said motorists should take steps now to avoid breakdown on their first day back at work.
"Our recommendation is to drive your car for 30 minutes once a week as a minimum to recharge the battery.''
Accidents and flat tyres account for large numbers of call-outs during winter.