RACQ predicts thousands of calls for help after long, cold weekend

After RACQ Roadside Assistance Patrols attended more than 4,700 jobs over the long weekend, the Club has predicted today would be even busier.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the combination of cooler temperatures and the ease of COVID-19 restrictions would see a sharp increase in flat batteries and other breakdowns. 

“We always see a lot more calls after a long weekend, but this Labour Day long weekend had a few other factors in play which has seen us schedule more Patrols on the roads,” Ms Ross said.

“With thousands of Queenslanders turning the car on for the first time in a while and a cool weather change, we’ll see hundreds of batteries struggle to work. 

“Over the last few days, we replaced more than 1,500 batteries, approximately 1,000 more than the same time last year.” 

Ms Ross said car owners should keep an eye out for the signs of an unhappy battery and call for help as soon as they see an issue. 

“Now that we’re able to drive a bit further from home, it will be easier for Queenslanders to maintain their battery health by driving the vehicle for longer and allowing it to properly recharge,” she said.

“If you do notice it’s taking a bit longer to start your car in the morning, make sure you give our team a call on 13 1905 to check on your battery and make sure you’ll be able to get to where you need to go.”