Flat batteries top reason for callouts on the Sunshine Coast: RACQ

RACQ has reminded motorists to make time for regular basic car maintenance checks after it attended more than 65,000 roadside breakdowns across the Sunshine Coast last year.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said the number one reason members needed RACQ Roadside Assistance in the past 12 months was for a flat battery.

“The biggest killer of batteries is heat and we experienced very high temperatures last year. It’s not surprising battery problems were the top reason for callouts in 2018,” Ms Hunter said.

“There are simple things you can do to avoid a flat, like not leaving lights on when the engine isn’t running and regularly checking your battery for wear. Feeling a sluggish start when you turn the key can be another tell-tale sign you may need a new battery.”

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

“Drivers should check their tyres regularly – look for foreign objects in the rubber, make sure tread is in good condition and check the air pressure is correct,” she said.

“As well as tyres, motorists should check their oil levels and have their car regularly serviced. These are really basic maintenance checks we should all be carrying out.”

Ms Hunter said RACQ Roadside patrols were also called to rescue more than 4,200 people who had accidentally locked themselves out of their vehicle last year.

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

“We know our members want to get to their destination as quickly and safely as possible, so we’re proud to say of the 600,000 breakdowns we attended in 2018, we got 93 percent of people back on the road again straight away.”

Top reasons for RACQ Roadside Assistance call outs on the Sunshine Coast in 2018:

  1. Battery replaced – 15,162
  2. Wheel change/puncture – 4,745
  3. Lockout – 4,203.