Road­side res­cues soar

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

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.

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