AAA to Rescue 7 Million During Summer Driving Season

AURORA, Ill. (May 11, 2017) – This summer, AAA expects to rescue 7 million American drivers, with the majority facing battery, lock and tire-related issues. In Illinois, AAA expects to rescue nearly 420,000 people this summer and 300,000 people across Indiana. These number could soar higher, with a AAA survey revealing that 4 out of 10 American drivers are unprepared for emergency breakdown situations. With three-quarters of family travelers planning to travel by car to their favorite vacation spot, AAA reminds drivers to take the necessary precautions to ensure they are well prepared for a safe road trip.  

“Summer heat takes a toll on vehicles, causing overheating engines, tire blowouts and dead batteries,” said Beth Mosher, director of public affairs for AAA Chicago. “Having a disabled vehicle is a stressful and dangerous situation, which is why AAA urges drivers to stock an emergency kit, have their battery tested and inspect tires to make certain their cars are in road-ready condition.”

Unfortunately, AAA has found that many drivers are unprepared for roadside emergencies. Survey data shows that two-thirds of American drivers have never proactively had their car battery tested, 1 in 5 do not know how to change a tire and 4 in 10 do not carry an emergency kit in their vehicle.
Other findings from AAA’s 2017 roadside assistance data show: “Roadside breakdowns continue to rise each year and can be a safety hazard for everyone on the road,” continued Mosher. “AAA is ready to help when vehicle troubles leave you stranded, however, travelers can minimize their risk by planning ahead and preparing properly.”
AAA offers the following tips to help avoid common roadside problems:  

 

Additionally, AAA reminds drivers to take the following safety precautions on the road:

Before hitting the road, AAA recommends that drivers download the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad, Android and Apple Watch. Travelers can use the app to request AAA roadside assistance, route a trip, find the lowest gas prices, access exclusive member discounts, book a hotel, and more. AAA members can also track the location of their assigned service vehicle in real time with Service Tracker. Learn more at AAA.com.
 
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