AAA: Winter Weather Calls for Driver Preparation

AURORA, Ill.,  – Nearly one-quarter of weather related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement and with winter forecasts calling for above-normal snowfall in Indiana, AAA Chicago recommends motorists brush up on winter driving techniques before the weather outside turns frightful.

Throughout the winter season across the United States, AAA expects to service nearly 7.8 million calls for help. More than 1.4 million requests for help with a dead battery are expected, AAA also expects to retrieve more than 1 million sets of keys locked inside vehicles, change more than 1 million flat tires and perform more than 338,000 vehicle extrications during the winter season.

Drivers can avoid the causes of some roadside breakdowns by keeping their vehicles properly maintained.  AAA advises motorists to follow their vehicle manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule and make sure their vehicle is ready for the rigors of winter driving.

Here are a few things to add to your list before heading out for your holiday drive: Additionally, AAA recommends the following tips for winter driving:
   
As North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides more than 53 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax-paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.