Bosch automotive survey: Only one percent of women drivers can troubleshoot without assistance

Bosch automotive survey: Only one percent of women drivers can troubleshoot without assistance

Women tend to turn to family and friends for help when their car breaks down

  • Bosch Automotive Aftermarket survey reveals that battery failure is the main cause of vehicle breakdowns.
  • One percent of female and 48 percent of male drivers are able to troubleshoot their own cars during a breakdown
  • Bosch encourages women drivers to know signs of battery failure before their cars break down to avoid unnecessary inconveniences and safety risks

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia – A Bosch Automotive Aftermarket survey reveals that only one percent of women indicated that they are able to troubleshoot their vehicles when they experience a breakdown, as compared to 48 percent of men. The survey, conducted by Bosch – a leading supplier of automotive components for the aftermarket, polled 350 Malaysian drivers aged between 18 and 55 to glean insights into car battery management habits among Malaysian drivers, which also revealed battery failure as the main cause of vehicle breakdowns.


“Our survey shows that 70 percent 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 Mr. Pang Yoon Kong, country manager of Bosch Automotive Aftermarket in Malaysia.


The survey also found that 84 percent of women turn to family and friends while 12 percent of them call auto assist organizations when their cars stall due to battery failure. “According to the survey, there are still many female drivers who are not aware of how they can prevent car breakdowns caused by car batteries. At Bosch, we strongly believe in empowering drivers, especially women, to possess more knowledge about their cars and be able to identify early signs of battery failure,” said Pang.

Five signs of a failing car battery:

  • Slow engine crank
    The cranking of the engine is sluggish and takes longer than normal to start
  • Dashboard Warning Light
    When the battery power is weak, the engine warning light on the dashboard appears
  • Having to jump battery
    Replace the battery if the vehicle has been jump-started more than three times in a week
  • Swollen battery case
    Car battery exposed to excessive amounts of heat may swell and results in shorter life span
  • Smells like rotten eggs
    As a car battery contains sulphuric acid, it may vent a foul smelling gas, much like rotten eggs, when it has been internally shorted, frozen, or overcharged. Have the battery inspected as soon as possible as the sulphuric acid leakage may damage other car parts


29 percent of women drivers, compared to 22.6 percent of men, are still using lead-acid batteries as opposed to maintenance-free ones, as the survey revealed. “More drivers now prefer maintenance-free batteries, compared to lead-acid batteries which require constant and regular maintenance on the driver’s part. Maintenance-free batteries have more advantages as they typically have higher cranking power and charge capacities, recharge faster, and last longer. Drivers are able enjoy a stress-free driving experience without worry about battery water levels at different states of charge,” added Pang.


Bosch batteries are available at authorized dealers nationwide:


Contact person for press inquiries:

Ms. Ellissa Yeo
Executive, Automotive Aftermarket,
Customer Communication for Asia Pacific South-East
Robert Bosch Sdn Bhd
Tel: +603 7966 3119    


Ms. Pritibha Krishnasamy
Account Executive
Alpha Access PR
Tel: +60192153025



About Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Division (AA)
The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufac¬tured in-house. More than 18,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 17,000 workshops. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.

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About Bosch in Malaysia
Bosch has been present in Malaysia since 1923, represented by Robert Bosch Sdn Bhd, with offices located in Selangor, Penang and Johor. In Malaysia, Bosch is active in the areas of Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The company has three manufacturing arms in Penang providing car multimedia systems, power tools and automotive steering. In 2016, Malaysia generated sales of RM 610 million (133 million euro) and employed more than 2,700 associates.

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