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Ownership How to Avoid Being One of 8 Million Drivers AAA Will Rescue This Summer

01:05  18 april  2018
01:05  18 april  2018 Source:

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Summer is the peak season for roadside help calls. Here's how to guard against dead batteries, flat tires or locked doors. But if you are one of the 7 million motorists who AAA expects to rescue this summer , an unplanned breakdown could spoil the fun.

The AAA has announced that it expects to rescue 7 million American drivers this summer , with the majority predicted to face battery, lock and tire-related issues. With three-quarters of family travelers planning to travel by car to their favorite vacation spot, AAA is reminding drivers to take the

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Consumer auto services provider AAA expects to provide roadside assistance to 7.7 million U.S. motorists this summer. Last year a full two-thirds of these calls for assistance were asking for help with a car that was at least 10 years old. AAA expects that percentage to dip to 64% this summer.

More than a third of last year's roadside calls required that the car be towed to a repair shop, and of those vehicles, 81% were more than 10 years old.

AAA's managing director of automotive engineering and repair, John Nielsen, said "It's no surprise that older vehicles are more likely to encounter a serious breakdown, but it is surprising just how many people are at risk. All vehicles—even the newest ones—are prone to typical roadside headaches like dead batteries, flat tires and misplaced keys, but vehicles 10 years and older are four times more likely to encounter a problem serious enough to require a tow to a repair facility."

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AAA is projecting that 7 million American drivers will need its assistance during the 2017 summer season, with the majority facing battery, lock and Survey data also 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

(May 11, 2017) – This summer , AAA expects to rescue 7 million American drivers , with the majority facing battery, lock and tire-related issues. This number could soar higher, with a AAA survey revealing that 4 out of 10 American drivers are unprepared for emergency breakdown situations.

AAA recommends that motorists pay special attention to batteries, engines and tires before heading out on a summer driving trip and that vehicle owners comply with the automaker's preventive maintenance schedule. Here are tips from AAA on battery, engine and tire maintenance:

  • The chances for a battery or other electrical system issue grow as the age of the vehicle increases. A battery on the brink of dying rarely warns a driver before it fails, but having a simple battery test will.
  • Much like a battery, the components of the engine cooling system may fail without warning. Drivers should look for fluids such as coolant pooling underneath the vehicle when it is parked as an indication of an impending problem.
  • Inspect tires for cuts, gouges or sidewall bulges. Also, check tire tread depth and pressure, and make sure the vehicle is equipped with a spare tire.

The AAA's Nielsen added, "Drivers may skip taking their car in for an inspection, hoping to avoid an expensive repair bill. But, when you factor in the cost of an interrupted trip, having a vehicle inspected and proactively repaired will cost much less in the long run."

AAA has prepared a fact sheet with more details.

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