Hamilton, NJ – AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates it will come to the rescue of approximately 34,000 stranded motorists during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend – with almost 9,000 rescues expected in New Jersey. The majority of New Jerseyans, 880,956, will be traveling by automobile, up 2.4% from the 860,362 who drove to their holiday destination last year and the highest volume of automobile travelers since 2005.

“With approximately 881,000 New Jerseryans expected to travel by car during the holiday, many motorists could unfortunately be left stranded this weekend if they haven’t properly prepared their vehicles,” said Tracy E. Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Nothing can dampen a vacation like having your vehicle break down and the best way to avoid that unfortunate circumstance is with preventative maintenance. Taking care of your vehicle in advance can reduce the likelihood of breakdowns, as well as the hassle and costs that occur when vehicle upkeep is ignored.”

New Jersey travelers are advised to have their vehicles inspected by trusted repair shops, including AAA Car Care Centers, before hitting the road for the holiday weekend.

As summertime approaches, motorists should schedule a seasonal vehicle checkup to maintain safety and maximize efficiency.  Ahead of Memorial Day and until just before the Fourth of July, New Jersey motorists can take advantage of free 40-point vehicle maintenance inspections at AAA Car Care Centers.

That’s important because nearly a third of motorists in America, 64 million drivers, could not afford to pay for the average auto repair bill out-of-pocket, according to a recent study by AAA. The average repair bill is between $500 and $600, the AAA study shows.

“Roadside breakdowns continue to rise each year and can be a stressful and dangerous situation for drivers and everyone else on the road,” said Noble. “Even so, the gap between the rising cost of automotive repairs and our incomes is growing markedly. Because some car repairs are unavoidable, we advise drivers to save at least $50 a month for unforeseen expenses.”