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Aussie Drivers Cry For Help On Public Holidays

October 3, 2014 Corporate No Comments Email Email

New data from Allianz Global Assistance indicates that Aussie drivers are 60% more likely to need roadside assistance on a public holiday, such as Labour Day, than any other day of the year.

The findings released have identified public holidays as the most common day for Aussies asking for help, with an average of 747 calls made to Allianz Global Assistance on a public holiday, in comparison to 436 on a non-public holiday.

With 4,061 Aussies needing roadside assistance last Labour Day weekend[2], in comparison to 3,683 in 2012, Allianz Global Assistance expects that the number of calls will continue to rise again this October.

Brad Smith, General Manager of Assistance & Networks, comments: “Over the past couple of years, we have identified a rising trend in the number of assistance calls made on public holidays. Analysis suggests that this will continue to rise, particularly as technology devices develop and therefore increase the risk of distraction.

“With the October long weekend on the horizon and as part of our commitment to help Aussies, we have more roadside assistance staff on standby than in previous years to help ensure everyone reaches their end destination safely”.

Smith has provided his top 10 tips on travelling safely this October:

  1. Leave yourself plenty of time and if possible avoid peak travelling times
  2. Check your oil and tyre pressure before setting off on your travels
  3. If travelling alone, be sure to advise a friend or family member of your route and estimated arrival time
  4. Ensure your mobile is fully charged in case you are required to make an emergency call
  5. If possible, share the driving with a friend or relative to avoid fatigue
  6. Stop and take regular breaks so that you are physically and mentally recharged
  7. Carry your insurance details with you at all times
  8. Ensure you keep your petrol tank above ¼
  9. Plan your route in advance
  10. Keep an eye on the weather before you depart as this might incur delays or hazardous conditions

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