Thousands call for help as kids head back to school

On the eve of the busiest day of the year for RACQ’s Roadside Assistance Patrols, the Club has issued a warning to parents that they need to be on their game if they’re to avoid getting caught out with a flat tyre or battery on the school drop off.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said more than 17,000 calls were received in the first week of school last year, with 3,461 logged on the first day back alone. 

“Our stats show many parents get a rude shock when they try to start the car to go back to school and work after the summer holidays. More than 3,800 batteries were replaced in the first week of school by our Patrols in 2019,” Ms Ross said. 

“With many Queenslanders leaving one of their cars at home while they’re away, tomorrow could be the first time they jump in the car again in 2020. Unfortunately last year’s data shows they don’t always get off to a good start with nearly 800 Queenslanders locking their keys in the car in the first week of school.” 

Ms Ross said flat tyres were also an issue for drivers in the first week of school, with the Club’s Roadside Patrols attending to 1,435 calls for help.

“While cars are getting safer and more reliable, debris on the road can still cause a puncture,” she said.

“The last thing you want is to be stuck on the side of the road, so make sure you turn the engine over, and give those tyres a thorough check, before you head out.

“If you think you’ve punctured your tyre, pull over as soon as it’s safe to do so and give us a call for help – with a 93 percent success rate, it’s pretty likely we’ll be able to get your car going again straight away so you can make that school drop off or pick up on time.”