Allianz Global Assistance is on standby for what could be one of the busiest days of the year on the road, as the first day back at school falls on manic Tuesday in NSW.
In the last two years, Tuesday has been revealed as the day of the week when the most roadside assistance calls are made to the company. Tomorrow, over 1.1 million students in NSW are expected to return to school – for those dropping off children or commuters sharing the roads, AGA warns drivers to be extra careful.
The mayhem is projected to intensify due to an average increase of at least 10,000 enrolled students in NSW each year and an extra 535,000 registered vehicles on the road since 2009, according to the latest census results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Chris O’Connell, Automotive Contact Centre Manager for Allianz Global Assistance commented: “With more students and increasingly congested roads, we urge drivers to take precautionary actions to ensure a smooth first day back at school. The most common reasons called for assistance have consistently been for battery problems, tyre issues and even putting the wrong fuel into cars. Adding to the stress, fixing ‘small’ mistakes could result in unexpected costs such as up to $15,000 for misfuelling.
“It’s easy to forget simple steps for road safety after a holiday break. As well as ensuring your car is in top condition, allow plenty of time for the journey, don’t exceed the speed limit and keep the contact number of your roadside assistance provider in the car for easy access and swift assistance in case of an emergency.”
Outside of the Sydney CBD, Allianz Global Assistance has revealed that Mosman, Cheltenham and Castle Hill are the top three suburbs in NSW for making the most roadside assistance calls.