Safe drivers are cautious ones
BETWEEN the pair of them, Alison Ahern and Michael Rasmussen have only called RACQ half a dozen times in 135 years of membership.
Mrs Ahern and her late husband Glynn only called roadside assist twice in 69 years.
"It's insurance isn't it," she said. "You hope you never need to use it so you're happy to pay."
Mr Rasmussen did a fair bit of travelling in his day and in 66 years of RACQ membership only required roadside assistance four times.
Once in each state of Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and closer to home in Queensland.
Both long-time Gympie residents were recognised by RACQ along with 120 of their counterparts at a Gold 50 Member Appreciation morning tea on Thursday.
Members with 50 years of membership or more were presented with gifts of gourmet hampers as an expression of appreciation for their loyalty to RACQ.
RACQ's general manager delivered a presentation on changes to roads and motoring in the past 50 years and members also heard from an education officer about the Years Ahead program, which educates seniors on safe driving issues.
The aim of the Years Ahead program is to assist older motorists to drive safely for longer by being aware of their own capabilities.
The Years Ahead program not only helps older drivers, but also benefits friends and family of older drivers, community groups coordinating activities involving older drivers and older drivers visiting or retiring in Queensland.
Years Ahead workshop and presentations are available free-of-charge to any community organisation or sporting group at their own venue. RACQ Refresh handbooks are available at all RACQ branches.
The Gympie branch is located in Goldfields Plaza.