WA is a big State and collectively we clock up a lot of kilometres moving around it. Ever wondered how many? Here are some statistics on how we travel around.
e know WA is a big place, so we need a lot of road to help us travel around it. WA is home to more than 20 per cent of all the roads in Australia, even though our population makes up just over 10 per cent of the entire country.
Our coastline, excluding islands, stretches more than 12,000km while Perth's metro area, at more than 120km, is one of the longest in the world.
So many roads, so many cars. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in 2016 WA's population was approximately 2.6 million. That means we have around one light vehicle - including cars, motorcycles and trailers - per person, kids included.
The average passenger vehicle in Perth travels 11,000km a year, even more than a Sydney driver (10,000km a year) according to an ABS survey, However, collectively, when you include passenger vehicles, motorbikes, commercial vehicles, trucks and buses, Sydney drivers travel further than Perth drivers at 35.2 billion km. Yes, billion. Either way, it's a lot of time spent in a car.
Sources: PTA Annual Report, Austroads, Australian infrastructure statistics yearbook 2016
Improving mobility and road safety is at the very core of what RAC does. For more than 110 years we've advocated for safer roads in WA and looked for solutions to congestion and mobility issues on behalf of our members.
Back in 1905 we started signposting some of WA's first roads. In the '70s, we advocated to make wearing seatbelts mandatory. Today we're advocating for better bike paths and trialling the technology of the future with our driverless shuttle bus, the RAC Intellibus™.
Our Roadside Assistance will get you there safely
With 24/7 roadside assistance and more patrols on the road than any other service in WA, RAC's Roadside Assistance has been helping West Australians get going again when their car breaks down for more than 90 years.
Starting from $104 a year with extra benefits for being an RAC member, it's a lot of peace of mind.
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