Wintry blast could leave motorists stranded RACQ

As southern Queenslanders reached for the winter woollies ahead of one of the coldest nights of the year, RACQ has urged motorists to be aware of the risks the cold snap would bring.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast a low of just six degrees for Brisbane in the early hours of Saturday which according to the Courier Mail, would make it the coldest day of the year so far.

Temperatures were tipped to fall below zero over the weekend in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt, including Stanthorpe which was expected to fall to negative six degrees.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said car batteries were prone to failure during the winter months.

“With the cold weather putting more load on engines and electrical systems, it’s easy to see how a marginal battery can be tipped over the edge,” Ms Hunter said.

“Batteries don’t always give warning signs before they fail or cause starting problems.

“If possible, park your car in a garage or under cover overnight to reduce exposure to the low temperatures.”