MORE than 260,000 motorists called RACQ for help in Queensland the past six months, mostly for flat batteries.
New data released today by the state’s peak motoring body shows flat tyres and wheel changes were the second most common reason for call outs.
It also revealed crews had been called to rescue more than 22,000 drivers who’d locked themselves out of their cars.
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Club spokesperson Lucinda Ross said it had been a busy first half of the year for RACQ Roadside patrols, and warned motorists of the need for basic and regular car maintenance.
“While our winters are milder than other parts of the country, we need to remember a few chilly nights in a row can quickly kill a battery that’s already in a weakened state,” Ms Ross said.
“There are simple things you can do to avoid a flat battery, like not leaving your lights on and avoiding charging devices when the engine isn’t running.
“A sluggish start in the morning is another sign you may need a replacement.”
Ms Ross said regular maintenance was imported.
“A regular car maintenance check looking at oil and water levels, as well as tyres, is something you can do regularly at home,” she said.
“Don’t forget to do a thorough tyre check for foreign objects, air pressure, and tread – your wheels are the only thing between you and the road so you want to make sure they’re safe.
“We’re really proud to say we can get 93 percent of our members back on the road again straight away, so if you find yourself in trouble, give us a call us on 13 1905, or contact us via our Roadside Assistance App.”