The mechanics who saved Christmas

With thousands of Queenslanders hitting the roads over the festive season, RACQ has revealed it attended nearly 18,000 calls for assistance last Christmas, fixing flat batteries and tyres and unlocking cars during the holiday season.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said a roadside patrol was just a phone call away and ready to help Queenslanders get back on the road without disrupting their Christmas plans.

“We know how exciting this time of year is and the last thing anyone wants when heading out to lunch on Christmas Day is to find out they have a flat battery,” Ms Ross said.

“Flat batteries were the most common reason for assistance last Christmas, with flat tyres and lockouts next on the list. 

“We’re finding people get very distracted and end up locking their keys inside their car, along with presents and food.”

Ms Ross urged people to be mindful of their keys, tyres and batteries during the busy holiday period.

“No one wants the Christmas pudding going to waste locked inside their car, so keep your keys on you at all times,” she said. 

“If you do get caught out during the Christmas period, our roadside patrol team will be out to help you as soon as they can.”