A peak motoring body has urged drivers to check their batteries ahead of the upcoming long weekend for Easter.
The warning comes from the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ). It has revealed that a flat battery was the number-one reason motorists needed RACQ Roadside Assistance during Easter last year.
RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter says the RACQ replaced 1,400 batteries over the four-day long weekend last year. She says the organisation had “braced” itself for another busy Easter.
“Last year, we replaced hundreds of batteries across Queensland and many of those drivers were away from home,” she said.
“We expect there’ll be plenty of drivers in the same boat this Easter. That could really put a frustrating dampener on their holiday.”
Ms Hunter says drivers planning an Easter road trip should make sure their car is in good working order. They could even have it serviced specially if they’re not sure.
“If you notice a sluggish start when you turn the key, it can be a tell-tale sign your battery is about to pack it in,” she said. “Also take care not to leave on any lights after switching the engine off.
“For those batteries older than three years, we recommend having it tested.”
Feel the pressure
Ms Hunter says she’s also expecting RACQ callouts for other common problems, such as flat tyres and lockouts.
“While there’s not much you can do to prevent a puncture, it’s a good idea to check the condition and pressure of your tyres,” she said. “Always make sure you’ve got a serviceable spare so you’re not caught out.
“We’re happy to help get you back into your car. But if you have a spare key you can store securely, take it with you and save yourself the hassle.”