3 Major Reasons for Calling Road Assistance

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It’s a painful experience when your car breaks down. No one needs that!

Did you know that one of the most common reasons for a car breakdown in NSW Australia is due to a flat car battery?

In the UK however, the top reason for a roadside assistance call out is flat tires followed closely by a flat car battery.

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1. Old Cars Breaks Down More Often

The age of your car will play a major role in whether it breaks down. The average age of a car in Australia is 10 years. Therefore, cars aged between 4 and 15 years make up the largest share of roadside assistance calls.

In 2017, for example, cars aged 12 years and over accounted for the majority of road assistance calls.

2. Driving Without a Spare Tyre

Almost a third of the new cars manufactured today come without a spare tyre. This is because manufacturers are trying to reduce the weight of the car and spare the space in the car boot.

Unfortunately some drivers have no idea if their vehicle has a spare wheel or not. And to add to the inconvenience, modern motorists are less confident when it comes to changing tyres despite having the knowledge to do so.

Sometimes you may have that care but you do not have the knowledge to change it or the tyre is too heavy to lift alone.

For example in big SUVs, the tyres are too heavy to lift and therefore you will need to call your road assistance partner to help you change it over.

3. Lack of Basic Car Maintenance Skills

A study conducted in 2014 among young Sydney drivers found that only 58% of the drivers between the ages of 18 to 24 knew how to change a tyre.

The study compared these with people over 50 years of age and realised that 74% of the drivers knew how to change the tyre.

Even more shocking is the fact that only a fifth of young drivers knew how to change the tyres on their car.

In the United Kingdom over half of the drivers could not fit a spare wheel if they accidentally got a puncture.

Amazingly, 1 out of 5 people in the UK cannot open a bonnet and more than half of all drivers could not adjust the steering wheel.

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Even those who had a little knowledge as to how vehicles work claim that the computer technology in the cars have made the little skills they had obsolete.

It is necessary that all driving tests include simple car maintenance skills to help the car owners resolve problems in case of a breakdown.

Where Do the Breakdowns Occur in NSW?

According to the National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA), the most common places to find breakdowns in New South Wales are in the Sydney CBD, Blacktown and Macquarie.

Others places you are likely to find breakdowns are;

  • Port Macquarie
  • Blacktown
  • Sydney CBD
  • Castle Hill
  • Baulkham Hills
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Mascot
  • Mosman
  • Randwick
  • Matraville

It should not surprise you that almost all of the breakdowns in your area happen near airports, holiday locations, and on the freeway when you’re already late for work!

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