|Posted on March 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM|
Have you ever had one of those days where you get up and the kids are sick so you make an appointment at the doctors and go back inside to see that they have fallen asleep. You carefully get them in the car (as it starts raining) you praise the universe that they didn’t wake up too much and have fallen back asleep without kicking off. After getting all of the other stuff you need to take two small kids out of the house, you drop and brake your glasses and trap you fingers in the car door trying to hurry in from the rain, you sigh a big breath of relief that your finally sitting down and..... the car won't start? That is how my day started today.
You can imagine my horror especially considering it was now absolutely pissing down (apparently I'm allowed to write that in Australia because it's not considered a swear word lol) and regardless my windows are electronic, and so the kids need to be taken back inside.
The easiest thing about this whole episode was ringing RACQ. I have been a member with RACQ since 2008. Back then I had no kids and didn't really think it was all that important, that was until I locked my keys in the car! I did consider at that moment if it would be cheaper to break and replace a window when someone asked me if I had RACQ?
RACQ came out (verified it was my car) and let me back in. I have had RACQ cover ever since. Trust me I have had all kinds of reasons to call them too - the front driverside tyre blew off the car whilst driving at speed on the highway, I have run out of petrol twice, my battery has decided to die on me twice, and numerous other things have happened. There is nothing worse than being stranded (especially with kids). The occasions I have been stuck on the side of the highway (they will always advise of what to do to stay safe), they have sent a tow truck and moved me to the nearest safest place and then do whatever they have to do to help (whether its change your battery, top up your petrol (lol) or take you to a mechanic registered and approved by RACQ. Baring in mind a tow truck will cost about $150 just to get you off of the highway and somewhere that can fix your car. As far as we are aware it is ILLEGAL for you to tow a vehicle in Australia.
Basic Roadside Assistance membership is (on the day this was posted) $84 PER YEAR (You can check which cover would be best for you by going to: http://www.racq.com.au/membership/compare_roadside_assistance_membership
If you don't have it and something happens don't fret because you can still call them and join up on the spot (call 131 905). It will cost you a little extra (as I found out when I locked my keys in) so we suggest having it in advance. If there is anything that we recommend having on that MUST HAVE list, it is RACQ cover. Parents (or anyone) looking for a gift and can't think what to buy, this is a great idea
Check it out today and save yourself from having your day turn from bad to worse.