KUALA LUMPUR — Feb. 22, 2018: Only one per cent of women indicated that they were able to troubleshoot their vehicles when they experience a breakdown compared to 48 per cent of men.
A survey by Bosch, a leading supplier of automotive components for the aftermarket, polled 350 Malaysian drivers aged between 18 and 55 to glean an insight into car battery management habits among Malaysian drivers, which also revealed battery failure as the main cause of breakdowns.
“Our survey shows that 70 per cent of vehicle breakdowns were caused by battery malfunction. This can pose not only an inconvenience but also a safety risk to all drivers, especially women, if they are stranded all alone,” said country manager of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket, Pang Yoon Kong, in a statement today.
The survey also found that 84 per cent of women turned to family and friends while 12 per cent of them called auto assist organisations when their cars stalled due to battery failure.
Pang said there were still many female drivers who were not aware of how they could prevent car breakdowns caused by batteries.
“At Bosch, we strongly believe in empowering drivers, especially women, to possess more knowledge about their cars and to be able to identify early signs of battery failure,” he said.
The survey also reveals that 29 per cent of female drivers, compared to 22.6 per cent of men, were still using lead-acid batteries as opposed to maintenance-free ones.
According to Pang, more drivers now prefer maintenance-free batteries compared to lead-acid batteries which require constant and regular maintenance by a driver.
Maintenance-free batteries have more advantages as they typically have higher cranking power and charge capacities, recharge faster and last longer.
Drivers are also able to enjoy a stress-free driving experience without worry about battery water levels. — Bernama