AAA Survey: 40-percent unprepared for a roadside breakdown
As the temperatures start climbing and motorists prepare to kick off the summer driving season, a new survey by AAA has found that 4 in 10 U.S. drivers are not ready to deal with typical roadside emergency breakdowns. The organization estimates that it will be called on to help some 7 million motorists get back on the road during the next several months, most suffering from dead batteries, flat tires or lockout situations.
While some emergency situations are unavoidable, Cliff Ruud, AAA’s managing director of AAA Automotive, notes that a bit of preventive maintenance can go a long way towards eliminating issues well before they happen. “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.”
In addition regularly checking all critical fluids in your vehicle, it’s a good idea to take it in for any necessary scheduled maintenance before setting out on a road trip. With respect to an onboard emergency pack, AAA recommends it contain some basic tools, a flashlight with extra batteries, jumper cables, flares and a tire pressure gauge as well as a mobile device charger, drinking water and a first aid kit.