Motorists Should Prepare for Summer Driving Season

It’s important to make sure your vehicle is set for vacations on the road this summer to avoid being stranded.

The AAA estimates that 40 percent of drivers are not prepared for emergency breakdown situations. Flat tires, vehicle lockouts and dead batteries are the top three reasons why the AAA is called in the summer.

Motorists are urged to schedule a vehicle maintenance checkup. Oil changes, fluid level checks, battery tests, and tire inspections could mean the difference between a smooth road trip or a disaster.

Emergency kits should be included in your car’s inventory which should include a mobile phone and car charger, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a basic toolkit with tire pressure gauge and adjustable wrench, windshield washer solution, jumper cables, emergency flares, drinking water, and extra snacks.

AAA also reminds residents to drive free of distractions and pull out of the way of traffic if your vehicle suffers a breakdown. If law enforcement is assisting a motorist, follow the state law which requires vehicles to move over a lane or slow down to give sufficient clearance from the scene.

For more tips, visit www.AAA.com.

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American Automotive Association Holiday Travel Forecast

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Waiting to Fill up Your Gas Tank Could Cause Cost You More

With gas prices over $4.00 a gallon, many of you are attempting to stretch out a tank of gas too far and that could leave you stranded on the roadside. AAA cautions you that allowing your car to run out of fuel can not only put you in a dangerous situation, it could result in costly repair bills.

Running a vehicle extremely low on fuel may cause sediment in the bottom of the tank to clog the fuel pump pickup, the fuel filter or even the fuel injectors. When a minimum level of fuel is not maintained, it could cause the electric fuel pump inside the tank to overheat.

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Holiday Travel Expected to Increase

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