More than 2 million people to take road trips for Memorial Day, AAA says

More than 2.1 million Floridians are expected to take a road trip for Memorial Day, according to AAA.

Unfortunately, it also means thousands of them will experience car trouble, AAA said.

AAA expects to rescue more than 483,000 stranded motorists, nationwide, during the holiday weekend.

The three most common reasons for the rescues are flat tires, dead batteries, and lockouts.

A recent AAA survey found that 52% of Floridians plan to get a professional vehicle inspection before their summer road trips. A fifth of drivers, 19%, will conduct their own inspection. However, 21% of Floridians say they have no plans to get a vehicle inspection before hitting the road this summer.

“A properly maintained vehicle is critical for a successful and safe road trip,” said Mark Jenkins, Public Relations Manager for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “We encourage all drivers to get a pre-trip inspection of their tires, battery, breaks, fluids, and other basics. This could help prevent a breakdown before it happens.”

AAA Tips for Drivers with Car Trouble

Safely pull over at the next exit or safe stopping point, if possible.If you must stop immediately, pull as far over on the shoulder as safely possible to create more distance between your vehicle and passing traffic.Turn your hazard lights on so other drivers are aware you are there.Call for assistanceRemain with your vehicle as long as it’s safe to do so.If getting out of your vehicle, watch the oncoming traffic for a good time to exit, and remain alert and close to your vehicle. Avoid turning your back to traffic whenever possible.

AAA Tips to Prevent Car Problems

Check your tires – At minimum, AAA recommends checking your tires once a month and before taking a long trip. Pay special attention to both tire inflation pressure and tread depth. Be sure to inspect all four tires and the spare tire if your vehicle has one.Check your battery – The average car battery life is typically 3-5 years. If your engine is slow to start and/or your lights are dim, your battery may be nearing the end of its life. Visual signs of damage or corrosion are other indicators of deterioration.Listen to and feel the brakes – If you hear a grinding sound or feel a vibration when applying the brakes, take your vehicle to an auto repair shop for a brake inspection.Replace wiper blades and replenish windshield cleaner – Rubber wiper blades naturally deteriorate over time. Most manufacturers recommend replacing them every 6-12 months. If wipers streak or fail to clear the windshield thoroughly, replace the blades.Top off engine oil and other fluids – Check that engine oil, coolant and brake, transmission and power steering fluids are at the correct levels for safe vehicle operation. When adding fluids, use products that meet the specifications listed in the owner’s manual.Replenish emergency kit supplies – AAA recommends keeping a well-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle. Include a flashlight and extra fresh batteries, first-aid supplies, drinking water, non-perishable snacks for people and pets, car battery booster cables, emergency flares or reflectors, a rain poncho, a basic tool kit, duct tape, gloves and shop rags or paper towels.

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