AAA Car Care Centers Offer Free Maintenance Checks to Ensure Vehicles Survive the Remainder of Summer

Hamilton, NJ, July 24, 2017 – Since Memorial Day, AAA Mid-Atlantic has rescued over 326,000 drivers from New Jersey to Virginia, with the majority facing battery, lock and tire-related issues.

In New Jersey alone, AAA Mid-Atlantic has assisted more than 82,000 motorists with vehicle issues so far this summer.  As the summer rolls on this number will only continue to climb.  A recent AAA survey revealed that four out of 10 American drivers are unprepared for emergency breakdown situations. While plenty of summer remains AAA reminds drivers to take the necessary precautions to ensure they are well prepared for a safe road trip. 

“Summer heat takes a toll on vehicles, causing overheating engines, tire blowouts and dead batteries,” said Tracy Noble, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “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.”

With many weeks of summer driving still left ahead, AAA Mid-Atlantic will be offering free battery, tire pressure and car maintenance checks to ensure motorists’ vehicles are road ready for the remainder of summer.  The free Summer Car Care event, open to the public, will be held at all AAA Car Care Centers throughout the AAA’s Mid-Atlantic region on Saturday, July 29 from 9:00a.m. until 1:00p.m.

While advanced appointments are preferred, walk-ins will be accepted based on availability.  For more information, drivers may call 1(866) AAA-AUTO or visit AAA.com/Events 

Unfortunately, AAA has found that many drivers are unprepared for roadside emergencies. Survey data 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 and 4 in 10 do not carry an emergency kit in their vehicle. Other findings from AAA’s 2017 roadside assistance data show:• Dead batteries, flat tires and vehicle lockouts are top reasons that members call AAA during the summer.• While more than half of members’ problems are resolved at the roadside by AAA, more than three million drivers nationwide will experience significant vehicle issues this summer that require a tow to a repair facility.• With low-profile tires and the elimination of spare tires, many newer vehicles are especially susceptible to roadside trouble.“Roadside breakdowns continue to rise each year and can be a safety hazard for everyone on the road,” continued Noble. “AAA is ready to help when vehicle troubles leave you stranded, however, travelers can minimize their risk by planning ahead and preparing properly.”