Roadside rescues soar
MORE than 1600 stranded motorists called the RACQ every day last year for help.
RACQ roadside assistance staff attended more than 600,000 roadside breakdowns across the state with flat batteries, flat tyres and getting locked out the most common reasons for distress calls.
Patrols have been rescuing an average of almost 100 motorists every day who locked themselves out of their car.
RACQ spokeswoman Clare Hunter said crews were able to get 93 per cent of motorists back on the road straight away.
She said heat was the biggest killer of batteries, however, motorists should also take precautions such as not leaving lights on when an engine wasn’t running and regularly checking batteries.
“Feeling a sluggish start when you turn the key can be another telltale sign,” she said.