REVEALED: Top ten reasons we call the RACQ

Dead or faulty batteries and flat tyres has been revealed as the two main reasons we call the RACQ.

The RACQ has released a list of the top ten main reasons they get called out to jobs, with one in two due to flat or faulty batteries.

In the last year, the motoring club received more than 880,000 calls for roadside assistance.


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RACQ Executive Manager Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said it was not surprising batteries topped the list.

“Modern cars have a lot of electrical accessories which can easily drain the battery,” Mr Spalding said.

“Leaving your vehicle’s lights on overnight, going away on holidays and leaving your car sitting idle in the garage are common mistakes that can also cause your battery to flatten.”

Mr Spalding said flat tyres was another common reason Queenslanders called on RACQ.

“In the past year we’ve changed tyres for more than 70,000 people who’ve been stuck with a flat,” he said.

“Some motorists aren’t confident in changing a wheel so that is when we can step in and assist.

“Even though modern cars are technically very complex, we’re proud to say we get nine out of 10 motorists straight back on the road after a breakdown.”

RACQ has more than 700 rescue vehicles on call 24/7 and 365 days a year.

The top 10 breakdown causes:

1. Flat or faulty batteries
2. Flat tyres
3. Locked out
4. Engine issues
5. Fuel and related engine issues
6. Radiator issues
7. Alternator and related electrical issues
8. Starter motor and related electrical issues
9. Ignition issues
10. Wiring or connector issues.