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More than 80,000 calls for help last Christmas

Posted by on 18/07/2018

Christmas holidays are synonymous with road trips and traffic jams.
Nanjing Night Net

That’s why the NRMA is calling on motorists to be prepared and reduce the risk of needing roadside assistance –no matter thejourney or destination.

Last year, the NRMA responded to more than 80,000 calls for help on NSW and ACT roads between December 19and January 9, or two-and-a-half calls a minute.

The associationis warning motorists to beprepared in case of unexpected moments on roads again this year.

According tothe NRMA thetop five reasons for callouts were:

1. Flat batteries – 43 per cent

2. Wheels and tyres – 10 per cent

3. Electrical faults – nine per cent

4. Vehicle lock-outs – six per cent

5. Cooling systems – five per cent

NRMA Executive General Manager Motoring, Samantha Taranto, said roadside assistance wasn’t just forlong trips.

“Members who call us never started their journey expecting to need help,” Ms Taranto said.

“We are often referred to as the fourth emergency service and that’s because we’re always there to helpstranded motorists.”

DELAYS: Being prepared this holiday season may mean you avoid the headache of a breakdown during the Christmas period. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

The average waiting time is 34 minutes, and NRMA patrols get cars started again without a tow nine timesout of 10.

While Membership offers peace of mind, Ms Taranto said there were some ways Motorists could helpprevent some unexpected mishaps on the road.

“A holiday drive can quickly become a journey to forget if you’re not prepared,” she said.

“We recommend membersbook their cars in for a regular service with a trusted mechanic– this is the best wayto spot potential disasters and fix them before they cause any drama.”

“If you’re unsure of you battery health you can give us a call before you hit the road and one of our patrolswill come and check it for you, and replace it on the spot if need be.

“Also make sure you’ve checked your tyre pressure, lubricant and cooling systems before hitting the roadand pack safely.”

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