Guys get tyres changed: RACQ

GLADSTONE girls don't mind getting their hands dirty, according to RACQ.

RACQ breakdown patrol officer Michael Powe said he answers at least as many calls to change tyres from guys as girls.

He said probably eight of the 12 calls to change a flat tyre he answered a week, were from guys, although he quickly revised this to 'about half'.

'Most of the guys don't even bother to change their tyres even if they know how to,' Mr Powe said.

'They just use their member-ship so they don't get dirty.'

Mr Powe said the majority of calls he received from women occured when they were alone and broke down on a highway or for flat tyres.

However, many calls were from people locking their keys in the car and being unable to open locked doors without them. RACQ Central Queensland general manager Bob Sim said the majority of calls RACQ dealt withwere the result of poor maintenance.

He said a lot of people didn't take the time to look after their car and as a result the RACQ was called out to people who had run out of fuel, with electrical problems or flat tyres.

'The maintenance problem stems from people using selfserve stations and not checking their oil, water and lubricant,' Mr Sim said.

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