My favourite car ever was a ‘vintage’ VW Golf MK1 Cabriolet, we used to call her White Lightening. She was pretty special until things started to go wrong with her. The perils of having an older car in London and parking by the roadside really. She should have had a garage at her age.
One day her accelerator peddle just dropped clean off (I now know how to fix this problem!), another day I found her flooded (leaves stuck in the grills) and then one day, we were driving back from Reading Festival and I can’t even tell you what happened because I still don’t know. She just started coughing and spluttering, like she wasn’t getting enough petrol through to the engine, going 70mph on the motorway, she just kept dramatically slowing down for no reason. To say it was scary was a bit of an understatement.
We pulled over not too sure what to do and whilst I paced back and forth and my passenger cracked open a leftover beer another car pulled up behind us. In this instance there was no doubt about it, he was our Everyday Hero! We were probably overly trusting looking back but we followed him to his house which he assured us was nearby and he tried to drive the car himself to work out the problem. Afterwards, he did some tinkering under the bonnet and away we went again! It could have been the start of a horror movie, sure, but this day we were lucky and the guy just genuinely wanted to help us out. The moral of the story? Not everyone is a murderer. The question though is, what sort of motorist are you?
An Everyday Hero
You’re the real champion of the roadside: a modern-day white knight, saving the day for the broken-down and stranded. If only there were more drivers like you...
A Reserved Rescuer
In an emergency, you’ll step into some hero boots – but you’d rather stay safely behind the wheel. After all, you do have a life to lead.
A Drive-on byer
You cruise down the road and don’t care for interruptions. You’d rather drive on by than help road users in dire straits. In your car, time behind the wheel is about looking after Number One.
Why not take the test and find out. Really we would have done better just having some sort of RAC cover and looking back I think we did but we didn’t have the paperwork - this was well before the days of docs, reliable internet on phones and me being grown up enough to remember all this kind of stuff!
The RAC has been going yonks, first formed in 1897, it’s been looking after the needs of its members and championing the interests of drivers for more than 120 years!
The RAC is the motorist’s champion and campaigns to support the interests of its members
and UK drivers at a national level. This includes voicing concerns about the increasing cost of motoring, particularly the price of fuel and the high level of tax levied on it, advancing levels of road safety, and supporting the needs of all drivers, from young to old.