Motorists warned ahead of the busiest day of the year

The RACQ has issued a warning to motorists ahead of ‘back to school’ week, saying it’s one of their busiest day of the year.

Last year, the state’s peak motoring body received more than 17,000 calls for help during the first week of school.

On the first day alone, there was 3,240 jobs across Queensland.


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Club spokesperson Lucinda Ross says motorists should be checking their vehicles before hitting the roads for school drop off.

“Battery issues or cars failing to start are the most common reasons we’re called out, accounting for more than 60 percent of jobs.

“The last thing you want after you’ve packed the school bags and made sure the kids are dressed on time is to find out you’ll be late to drop off because of a flat battery,” Ms Ross said.

“You may not have used your car much over the school holidays, so if you haven’t already, now’s the time to make sure it’s ready to go.

“If your car feels sluggish to start, it could be a sign you need to replace the battery. You should also avoid leaving lights or vehicle accessories on when the engine is off as this will drain the battery.

“Check your water and oil levels. Give your tyres a look over, check for foreign objects in the rubber, make sure the treads are in good condition and the air pressure is correct and make sure you’re up-to-date with your servicing,” Ms Ross said.

If you need help on the roads this week, call the RACQ on 13 1111 or use the RACQ Roadside Assistance app.

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I hope that no one wondered why the petrol stations have increased their prices. It’s not bad timing but simply extortion.