Here's a brief summary of those milestones, along with the world events that accompanied them:
The Club encourages local authorities to improve road surfaces and advocate for more rights for motorists.1905
RAC had erected warning and directional signs across our State.1909
The first road map detailing WA’s South West is created by the Club.1911
Outbreak of World War 1. The Club fundraises to purchase ambulances for the Western Front and assisted in transferring wounded returning soldiers from Fremantle port.1914
The Club lobbies government for uniform traffic regulations, such as drivers needing a licence, drivers to keep to the left and that all vehicles have brakes.1918
The new Traffic Act becomes law. The Club pushes for a Main Roads Board to oversee and maintain major carriageways and a plan for new roads.1919
The giant karri trees of southern WA are guaranteed preservation after the Club successfully campaigns to have an area each side of the Nannup-Warren road declared a national park.1920
The Automobile Club of WA is given permission to use the word Royal, becoming the Royal Automobile Club of WA, or RAC.1922
Our best-known service, the RAC Roadside Assistance Patrol, begins in Perth.1926
RAC’s Touring Department is formed.1928
RAC forms a technical department to assist members looking to buy a second-hand car.1929
RAC campaigns to make stealing or unlawful use of a motor car a criminal offence.1932
Australia sends the second AIF to support the British war effort in Europe and the Middle East.
RAC becomes a depot for the distribution of petrol ration tickets.1940
RAC sponsors the fit out of an operating theatre at Hollywood Military Hospital.1942
After years of RAC lobbying the WA government introduces compulsory third-party insurance to bring WA into line with the other states.1943
RAC initiates the National Safety Council of WA to promote safety on and around roads.1946
RAC Insurance Pty Ltd commences operations.1947
The RAC celebrates its 50th birthday.1955
Road Service is extended to 24 hours, and all patrol vehicles are fitted with two-way radios.1957
RAC introduces its first travel agency to supplement its touring department.1960
Emergency phones are installed on the Kwinana Freeway, with a direct line to RAC’s patrol service. In 1972 this service was extended to the Mitchell Freeway.1967
RAC advocates for the compulsory installation of Motor Vehicle Standards approved seatbelts.
RAC introduces home and contents insurance.1970
With seatbelts in new cars now compulsory, RAC seeks legislation banning the sale of non-approved seatbelts and child restraints.1973
The end of an era: RAC hands over the maintenance of its directional signposting program to local authorities.1975
Begins the push for drink-driving reform by releasing RAC research linking many fatal automobile accidents to drinking.1978
RAC's Road Patrol magazine declares the need for $1.2 billion for roads nationally.1979
RAC pushes for $400 million of taxes from the crude oil levy to be spent on roads.1980
The WA Government introduces random breath testing in line with other states after RAC lobbying.
RAC Finance begins operation.1988
Along with other Australian automobile clubs, RAC creates the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), which tests and rates the safety of new vehicles.1993
RAC home security is launched.1998
RAC launches the Attractions program, giving members exclusive discounts and benefits at a number of retail partners.1999
The Federal Government reduces the fuel excise and ends automatic indexation after significant campaigning by RAC.2001
RAC and WA Police join forces to establish the Neighbourhood Watch program.2002
RAC’s sponsorship of the first RAC Rescue helicopter commences, providing WA with its only 24/7 emergency rescue helicopter service.2003
RAC secures a commitment of $100 million from the State Government to improve road safety, including $20 million for black spots and $80 million for safer roads.2004
RAC celebrates its centenary.2005
Partnering with other motoring clubs, RAC develops a star rating system for the safety levels of Australia’s road network.2006
RAC creates the Risky Roads survey, which asks WA road users to nominate dangerous roads and intersections to share with the government.2008
RAC installs its first electric-vehicle charging station.2011
After 10 years of lobbying by RAC, the State Government directs 100% of red light and speed camera fines to the Road Trauma Trust Account for road safety projects.
The first RAC bstreetsmart event is held, an annual crash re-enactment teaching students about road safety.
RAC introduces The Less Emission Mission, rewarding members who own low-emission cars to help build a more sustainable future.2012
RAC launches the world’s first attention-powered car to raise awareness about inattention on our roads.
RAC purchase its first Holiday Park, RAC Cervantes Holiday Park to encourage more West Australians to holiday at home.2013
RAC Electric Highway® opens, the first of its kind in Australia, running from Perth to Augusta.
As a symbol of the silence on road safety in the WA Wheatbelt, RAC unveils The Elephant in the Wheatbelt, a life-sized African elephant sculpture made out of crashed cars. It highlights the significantly higher fatality rate in the Wheatbelt and our need to start a conversation.
Following RAC lobbying, the State Government appoints a Road Safety Commissioner.
RAC purchased a further three more holiday parks, RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, RAC Exmouth Cape Holiday Park and Ningaloo Reef Resort.
RAC furthers its commitment to having a positive impact on Road Safety awareness with children and youth and launches RAC Little Legends Club, a free road safety program for primary school aged children followed by Road Ready, its high school equivalent in 2016.2015
A second RAC Rescue helicopter, based in Bunbury, flies into action. Together with the Perth based helicopter they have flown more than 7,000 missions saving countless lives.
RAC begins trialling the RAC Intellibus, Australia's first driverless and fully electric shuttle bus.
RAC Purchased its fifth Holiday Park, RAC Busselton Holiday Park (previously named Peppermint Park Eco Village).2016
RAC purchased its sixth Holiday Park, RAC Karri Valley Resort. The resort underwent a full refurbishment and looks better than ever.2017
RAC reaches 1 million members.
RAC becomes the naming rights sponsor of RAC Arena, WA’s premier entertainment venue.
RAC purchased its seventh holiday park, RAC Margaret River Nature Park previously called Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat, followed by its eighth holiday park, RAC Cable Beach Holiday Park, previously called Palm Grove Holiday Resort.2018
In Busselton, RAC Intellibus becomes the first driverless vehicle to operate on public roads in regional WA.
RAC Project Road Smart is launched, a free road safety event for senior schools in regional WA.
RAC purchased its ninth holiday park, RAC Esperance Holiday Park (previously called Esperance Seafront Caravan Park).2019