The Road Ahead : February March 2015
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 76 THE ROAD AHEAD FEB/MAR 2015 MEMBER ESSENTIALS | NEWS DON'T ATTEMPT ROADSIDE REPAIRS RACQ LEGAL UPDATE WHAT SHOULD YOU do if your vehicle breaks down and requires roadside assistance? Ideally, if your vehicle is driveable, it is safest to head to the next motorway exit or side street to be as far away as possible from fast-moving traffic. If your vehicle can't be driven, find an emergency breakdown area and park your vehicle as far to the left hand side -- and away from the traffic -- as you can. If there is no emergency bay, move out of the lane of moving traffic and as far to the left hand side of the roadway as possible. This will reduce the risk of another vehicle colliding with yours and causing property damage or injury. Activate your hazard lights and if the breakdown occurs at night, it's raining or foggy, activate the parking lights as well. Before requesting roadside assistance on a mobile or roadside emergency phone, first observe your surroundings and identify the street or motorway you are on, as well as any key landmarks, so a rescue vehicle can find you quickly. Leave your vehicle if it is safe to do so and when exiting, ensure you check for traffic -- or leave from the passenger side and take any passengers with you. You should stand behind the roadside barrier if you can do so safely. If you need to remain in the vehicle, fasten seatbelts and where possible, sit in the seats furthest from the traffic. Try to avoid crossing the road and do not work on your vehicle yourself -- wait for roadside assistance. While waiting, follow any instructions you've been given by the roadside service. If you are in a tunnel, listen to the radio and follow any directions you are given. This column provides general information only on legal topics of a motoring nature. Members can contact the RACQ Motoring Advice Service on 1800 623 456. RACQ SPONSORS CRIME-STOPPER RACQ INSURANCE HAS teamed with the University of Queensland to help the Queensland Police Service (QPS) stop crime and make the community safer. RACQ Insurance will co-sponsor Inspector Ian Thompson, a member of the QPS for 29 years who was the venues project manager for the G20 in Brisbane last November, to undertake postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge, in the UK. Inspector Thompson is an experienced detective and police negotiator, and will complete a Police Executive Master of Studies in Applied Criminology and Police Management at the university's Institute of Criminology. The two-year program provides study of crime and harm-reduction issues, with a strong emphasis on evidence-based policy and practice. It aims to enhance the capacity of law enforcement agencies to apply up-to-date academic research to the strategic aspects of crime and policing. Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said the QPS was a strong proponent of evidence-based policing and RACQ's support of the scholarship would enable the QPS to pursue this strategy. MORE VALUE FOR MEMBERS RACQ members with Roadside Assistance will soon be entitled to more towing coverage. From April 1, depending on their Roadside Assistance option, members will receive up to an extra 14km of towing. "As a mutual, RACQ is owned by its members and operated entirely for their benefit," RACQ Executive Manager, Membership, Karen Wynn said. "We are continually looking for ways to deliver enhanced value to our members. "We've recognised that towing entitlements are one of the most highly valued benefits offered through RACQ's Roadside Assistance. With this in mind, we're delighted to be increasing the towing entitlements on our Roadside, Roadside Extra, Plus and Ultra options." RACQ Roadside Assistance has an extensive network of 700 rescue vehicles across Queensland that offers a world-class 'go rate' of nine out of 10 breakdowns, quick attendance averaging 40 minutes, 24- hour service seven days a week, and coverage Australia-wide. For more information about the new towing entitlements, visit racq.com. BREAST CANCER FUN RUN The annual RACQ Insurance International Women's Day Fun Run will be held on Sunday, March 8 to raise money for Mater chicks in pink, which provides practical support to women with breast cancer. Now in its 24th year, the event also helps the Mater Hospital to continue its world- class work in cancer research. This year, organisers are hoping more than 10,000 women will challenge themselves on the 5km circuit around Brisbane's picturesque South Bank. To join in the fun, register at womensdayfunrun.com.au.
April 1st 2015