Almost a quarter (23%) of Australia’s motorists are not covered for roadside assistance, according to the latest findings from Roy Morgan Research.

Tasmanian and Northern Territorian drivers are the least likely to be covered, lagging well behind the more cautious motorists of New South Wales and Victoria.

Only 60% of Tasmanian motorists and 65% of those in Darwin/Alice Springs are covered by roadside assistance, well below the national average of 76%. In contrast, 79% of drivers in NSW/ACT and 78% in Victoria are covered.

Jordan Pakes, Industry Director – Automotive, Roy Morgan Research, said: “Just over three-quarters of Australian motorists are covered by some kind of roadside assistance, but this rate varies considerably around the nation.

“There are no surprises regarding which roadside assistance companies are most popular in each state. Australian motorists tend to be covered by the main bodies in their state of residence: of those covered in Victoria, 62% are with RACV; in Western Australia, 58% are with RAC; in NSW, 65% are with NRMA, and so on.

“Not surprisingly, likelihood of cover increases with age. Of almost three million drivers aged 65+, close to 90% have some sort of coverage. When it comes to gender, males are more likely than females to opt for no coverage, while drivers of cars aged more than 10 years old are also less likely to have cover.”