Breaking down the numbers
CANNING Vale is Perth’s roadside breakdown hot spot, with nearly 4500 motorists calling the RAC for help last financial year.
It was ahead of the CBD in second with 3905 breakdown callouts, Morley (3582), Joondalup (3305) and Dianella (3216). Thornlie was seventh (2981), with Como (2671) and South Perth (2628) in eighth and ninth.
RAC roadside assistance patrol’s Mark Dring said the most common reasons for call-outs included engine failure, battery and tyre issues, and lock-outs.
“The best way to avoid a breakdown is regular servicing and a bit of at-home car maintenance in between,” he said. “Pop the bonnet every so often to check your oil, water and coolant levels, and make use of the tyre-pressure facilities at your local petrol station.
“Keep an eye out for signs of corrosion around the car battery terminals and check for cracking, deterioration or oil contamination around the fan belts. If you’re unsure of exactly what you’re looking at, check the owner’s manual in your glove box or seek advice from a trusted mechanic.”
Tips when breaking down include find a safe place to pull over, turn on hazard lights, get out of the car, stand clear of traffic, call for help, stay calm and wait it out.