Long weekend sees thousands of breakdowns across Qld

RACQ’s Roadside Assistance Patrols have attended more than 4,700 calls for help from motorists who had broken down over the first long weekend since COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.

Club spokesperson Lucinda Ross said there were a few factors that led to the busy weekend.

“Between the cooler August weather and many of us leaving our cars in the garage for months, it’s no surprise 566 drivers were caught out with flat batteries,” Ms Ross said.

“Unfortunately, a few of us have brought back some bad habits when we’ve gotten behind the wheel this long weekend with 257 drivers locking themselves out of their car.”

Ms Ross said the cooler weather didn’t mean drivers could relax and leave pets or children in the car.

“Even if it feels like a cool day to you, the inside of a car can heat up to unbearable temperatures within minutes,” she said.

“Our patrols rescued eight children and 15 pets from locked vehicles across the State.”