Huge number of flat batteries despite restrictions

Fewer drivers on the roads amid COVID-19 restrictions hasn’t stopped RACQ’s Roadside Assistance team clocking up one of its busiest days of the year, so far.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said of the 1287 calls for help across Brisbane and the Gold Coast on Tuesday, more than 1000 of these jobs were for a flat battery. 

“Our Patrols were run off their wheels yesterday and it was one of our busiest days of 2020 so far,” Ms Ross said. 

“We had plenty of flat batteries with most members calling us when they were unable to start their cars. 

“We think with so many people keeping their cars in the garage for longer periods of time between use, they may have jumped in the car after the Easter break to grab groceries or to go to work, and realised their car wouldn’t start.” 

Ms Ross urged Queenslanders to conduct simple and regular checks over their car and to invest in a smart charger if they didn’t already have one.  

“If, like many of us, your car is sitting idle more often, and your battery is getting old, it’s highly likely it’ll fail before you next get to use it,” she said. 

“It’s a good idea to invest in a certified smart battery charger to help maintain your battery while it’s off the road, and using one will extend your battery life, restore performance and minimise your chance of a breakdown.” 

Ms Ross said Queenslanders could call RACQ for Roadside Assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 13 1905.