roadside assistance

Weathering winter driving

Winter weather places several additional stresses on you as a driver and on your car.

Cold weather can cause older batteries to fail and is one of the most common RAC Roadside Assistance callouts. One of the warning signs of failure is the motor turning over more slowly. If
your battery is a few years old, consider a replacement before it leaves you stranded.

Tunnel breakdowns – what to do

Since the reconfiguration of the Graham Farmer Tunnel last year into three lanes without a breakdown lane, motorists should be aware of the correct procedures to follow in the event of a crash or breakdown.

Main Roads WA (MRWA) recommends you remain in your vehicle, unless it is clearly unsafe to do so, and wait for instructions via your vehicle’s radio, the tunnel’s PA system or the message
boards in the tunnel.

Free2go car maintenance workshop

RAC hosted its first ever car maintenance workshop in February for our free2go Roadside Assistance members and their parents.

Members who attended the workshop learnt about general car maintenance including how to change a tyre, fluids, lights and breakdown safety, and was run by roadside assistance patrols and RAC DTEC trainers. The free2go members and their parents were split up into small groups and rotated around the different demonstration stations getting one to one expertise from the patrols and driver trainers.

A Patrolman Recount of 1950: Tom Fisher

As part of RAC’s 110th anniversary celebrations, the team have been piecing the Club’s history together from archived photos and diary entries.

We came across Thomas (Tom) P Fisher’s recount of his time as an RAC Patrolman from 1950-51. He had a life-long career at RAC and retired in 1987 at the age of 66 as a Claims Manager. He wrote that he enjoyed every minute of it.

Slow down around roadside workers

For emergency service personnel such a police, tow truck drivers, firefighters, roadside assistance patrols and paramedics, the roadside makes for a dangerous office.

The high speeds of passing motorists, along with a road worker’s proximity to cars, means they are often exposed to hazards that would otherwise be considered unacceptable in most workplaces.