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Two major benefits launched for members

Over 110 years, as RAC has evolved, our focus on being a club has never wavered and providing added value for those who become part of the RAC community is still at the heart of everything we do.

Today, being a member of RAC can mean many things to many people. This is why RAC has continued to evolve the member benefits it provides daily to more than 800,000 Western Australians who have committed to joining our club.

RAC has continued to focus on the suite of existing member benefits to now include two exciting new benefits for our members – one to assist with the daily cost of motoring, the other to encourage our members to see more of our beautiful state, more often.

By |October 5th, 2015|Community|0 Comments
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    President’s message: Better transport options for older Western Australians

President’s message: Better transport options for older Western Australians

Providing reliable, safe and convenient transport options for our older Western Australians is an issue that should concern everyone.

The ability to own and drive a car is often taken for granted. The convenience of having a car is not always appreciated until it is unavailable, particularly in times of urgent need.

Without a car we must find suitable alternatives. We may be forced to rely on others, and if family or friends are unavailable, we may have to miss out on certain activities altogether.

RAC’s Ageing and Driving Survey of 1,200 65 to 90-year-olds and beyond found as people age, they typically have fewer people around them to depend on and fewer transport options. This can lead to the car being their main form of mobility and a source of independence.

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    President’s message: Planning for driverless cars: why we can’t take a back seat

President’s message: Planning for driverless cars: why we can’t take a back seat

Having a discussion about vehicles driving in ‘nodes’ in a connected network, communicating with each other and roadside infrastructure, as well as using satellites and driving themselves, has the potential to raise eyebrows.

Driverless vehicles may seem like a radical shift to some, and the biggest disruption to the conventional car to ever occur, but one thing is certain – the technology is on its way so it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’.

The US has just issued the first licences for driverless vehicles and Nevada, Florida and California have already passed laws allowing the testing of fully autonomous or driverless vehicles on public roads, while Britain is currently choosing a city in which to trial them.

South Australia has also commenced the debate around driverless vehicles and what is required to accommodate them on their roads.

So what is Western Australia doing?

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    President’s message: Let’s re-think Compulsory Third Party Insurance

President’s message: Let’s re-think Compulsory Third Party Insurance

Twenty-seven years ago I survived a road crash, resulting in serious spinal injury.

On average, 92 Western Australians suffer a catastrophic injury as a result of a road crash every year. I was fortunate to be among the one in 10 with a spinal injury who walked again, but for the
majority of those who suffer this way, their lives and their families’ lives remain severely changed.

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    President’s message: Serving Western Australians for 110 years

President’s message: Serving Western Australians for 110 years

In 2015, RAC celebrates its 110th  anniversary. While much has changed over this time, the essence of our club and our unwavering commitment to our members remains the same. The small group of WA car enthusiasts, which gathered in 1905 to form what would become the RAC, were motivated by far more than the need to form a social club.

From its beginnings, there was a great energy at the core of the club that saw it evolve into an organisation devoted not just to its members but to providing a public service. 

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