Over 2.7 million breakdowns are attended by RAC each year and no two breakdowns are the same. With nearly 2,000 patrols on the UK’s roads some of the more unusual and amusing recent callouts include:
A callout to a car, stuck on the drive, which wouldn’t start. The RAC Patrol quickly diagnosed the problem. The engine had been removed!
During some bad weather a patrol was called to rescue a Land Rover from a ditch. A passing 4x4 hadn’t been able to get the trapped couple out so RAC tracked down the nearest farmer. He had a 4X4 tractor but it wasn’t working. The patrol fixed that first then together they rescued the Land Rover. Great teamwork and a bit of free labour!
One patrol tried to retrieve a member’s locked-in keys from their boot by removing a rear speaker and hooking the keys onto an extendable rod. It didn’t work so the patrol offered to drive the member home to get the spare set. As they walked to the RAC van the car magically unlocked itself, all thanks to a rogue swede that had rolled out of the shopping bags and hit the unlock button on the keys (the poking around had paid off!).
A motorist who called RAC for assistance after a warning light on his dashboard came on. He described the light as "a man holding a snooker cue," it turned out to be the seatbelt warning light! The worrying thing was he was a taxi driver.
A midnight RAC callout was from a naked motorist hiding behind a tree. He’d got locked out of his car, distracted by a passionate outdoor moment with his partner. She was nowhere to be seen but the patrol handed over his RAC jacket and jumper to help them retain their dignity!
An RAC member who’d misfuelled and was concerned he was going to miss his flight. He then mentioned to our patrol he’d managed to get the plane delayed. It turned out he wasn’t a celebrity but an essential component of the flight, the pilot! The plane did eventually take off, with him onboard, two hours later than scheduled.
A pregnant member, stuck on the roadside, who asked the patrol to bring her the Big Mac she craved before she’d allow him to concentrate on fixing her car!
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