Brace for busy roads as thousands return to work & school


RACQ is urging motorists to slow down and pay extra attention on the roads today as thousands of children return to the classroom and workers head back into the office.

school speed signs

Media Release News Grabs and Overlay

Club spokesperson Kate Leonard-Jones said after the Omicron surge delayed the return to school and sent workers back to the home office, it was now time for drivers to be extra vigilant.  

“We expect Queensland roads to be the busiest they’ve been in at least two months. Children are heading back to the classroom and workers are being encouraged to return to the office, so plenty of drivers will be back behind the wheel,” Ms Leonard-Jones said. 

“Children are more excited than ever to see their friends and it’s important to remember how unpredictable they can be around roads. 

“The responsibility falls on drivers to make sure they’re being extra vigilant in school zones, especially in pick-up and drop-off areas.

“Be mindful that 40 kilometre per hour school zones are back in force so don’t be complacent. A moment of distraction or a split-second decision can have serious or fatal consequences.”

Ms Leonard-Jones said the first week of school coincided with a traditionally busy time for RACQ Roadside Assistance crews. 

“More than 18,700 calls for help were received in the first week of school last year, with 2,809 jobs on the first day of the school term,” she said.

“That’s around 25 percent higher than an average week for RACQ Roadside Assistance crews and often it’s because people haven’t used their cars as much during the holiday period.

“The last thing you want on your way to school drop-off or pick-up is to find out you’ll be late because of a flat battery.

“To avoid the stress of a back-to-school breakdown, make sure you do a few mechanical checks. If your car feels sluggish it may be time for a new battery, check your water and oil levels and give your tyres a good look over.

“But if you are caught out by a breakdown, our patrols are always ready to help. If you need us, you can call 13 1111 or use the RACQ Roadside Assistance app.”

RACQ Roadside Assistance call outs by Queensland region:


Call outs

Far North Queensland


North Queensland


North West Queensland


Central Queensland


Mackay, Isaac & Whitsunday region




Fraser Coast & Gympie


South East Queensland


Darling Downs



*18,792 call outs from 27 January 2021 – 3 February 2021

Related topics

Things to note

The information in this article has been prepared for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal advice or specific advice to any particular person. Any advice contained in the document is general advice, not intended as legal advice or professional advice and does not take into account any person’s particular circumstances. Before acting on anything based on this advice you should consider its appropriateness to you, having regard to your objectives and needs.