By Jeremy Rochow
Last updated on: October 17, 2018 at 3:24 pm
Whether it’s assisting motorists stranded on the side of the road or advocating for highway repairs, RAA is always looking for ways to help its members and the wider community.
Most recently, RAA visited SA’s South East region to provide a morning tea to celebrate some of our most loyal members, deliver road safety presentations and check out the region’s riskiest roads.
Educating the community
RAA’s Community Education Team visited Bordertown, Mt Gambier and Millicent in September, providing Years Ahead road safety presentations to older members of the community.
They also worked with a mechanic from the Barry Maney Group to deliver the CarFit program – free sessions designed to help motorists ensure they’re safe and comfortable in their own vehicle.
In Bordertown, RAA provided a ‘Keep Left’ presentation, which teaches new migrants about car registration, insurance and getting a drivers licence.
RAA Community Education Presenter Tony Ey said providing an informative message to new migrants was a rewarding experience.
“It’s nice to feel like the information you’re providing is not just informative, but also welcoming for new residents who might be a bit apprehensive about driving on our country roads,” Mr Ey said.
The team also provided child restraint training to the Barry Maney Group and participants from the Department of Child Protection in Mt Gambier.
Celebrating our golden members
Gold 50 events celebrate the members who’ve stuck with RAA for 50 years or more.
Our most recent Gold 50 member appreciation morning tea, hosted by RAA President and Chairman of the Board Elizabeth Perry, was held in Mount Gambier on 16 October.
“Gold 50 events provide us an opportunity to honour our most loyal members, receive their feedback about RAA, and enjoy morning tea together,” RAA General Manager Government and Public Policy Jayne Flaherty said.
“The events also include a tailored RAA Gold 50 presentation that provides information on road safety, the history of the RAA, and the opportunity to find out more about the products and services that come with RAA membership.”
Gold 50 events have been held across the state at metropolitan locations and regional centres for the past five years.
Assessing risky roads
Road safety was also high on the agenda for RAA’s visit to the South East.
RAA’s 2017 Risky Roads Report found Princes Hwy was South Australia’s third riskiest road, while Southern Ports Hwy was tenth.
RAA Senior Road Safety Manager Charles Mountain will meet with representatives across the region, as well as the Limestone Coast Regional Development Authority and SA Freight Council, to gather information on locations of concern.
Early next year, RAA will be conducting a comprehensive safety assessment of roads in the south east as part of RAA’s Regional Roads Assessment program.
“To contribute to our upcoming assessment of Limestone Coast roads, we will be contacting our members and the public in the south east during January and inviting them to complete our road survey questionnaire,’’ Mr Mountain said.