Break­ing down the num­bers

Canning Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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