Bumper summer season for RACQ Roadside

RACQ has issued a reminder to motorists to get ‘back to basics’ with their car maintenance after attending more than 81,200 roadside breakdowns in Brisbane over summer.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the number one reason for RACQ Roadside Assistance between 1 December 2016 – 28 February 2017 was a flat battery.

“We had very high temperatures across Queensland this summer and heat is the number one cause of battery failure. It’s not surprising that the top reason for call outs was battery problems,” Ms Ritchie said.

Ms Ritchie said the second most common reason for calls to RACQ Roadside Assistance was a puncture or wheel change.

“Drivers need to be checking their tyres – look for any foreign objects in the rubber, inspect the tread to make sure it’s in good condition and ensure the air pressure is correct regularly,” she said.

“As well as their tyres, motorists should be checking their oil levels and be vigilant about having their vehicle regularly serviced. These are really basic maintenance checks that we should all be carrying out regularly.”

Ms Ritchie said RACQ Roadside patrols were also called to rescue more than 3,980 people who accidently locked themselves out of their vehicle over summer.

“If you find yourself in trouble, we’re always happy to come to the rescue,” she said.

“We know our members are want to get to their destination as quickly as possible, which is why we’re proud to say we can get 94 percent of people on the road again straight away.”

The Club has launched its new RACQ Roadside Assistance app to make it even easier for members to call for assistance. It is available for download on Apple and Android devices.