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AAA is gearing up for what it expects will be the busiest Memorial Day weekend since before the pandemic. Emergency Roadside crews expect to respond to more than 400,000 Members, left stranded by dead batteries, tire troubles, lockouts - and even plenty of folks who have run out of gas. 

“AAA is known for our legendary roadside assistance,” said Chris Overpeck, Director of Fleet Operations for AAA Club Alliance. “We pride ourselves in providing great service and keeping drivers and families safe.  We look forward to getting our Members  back on the roads  as quickly and safely as possible for the Memorial Day weekend and throughout the busy summer.”

Last year, AAA responded to more than 385,000 calls from Members over the Memorial Day weekend and this year that number is expected to be well over 400,000.

In order to avoid both the inconvenience and the expense of a breakdown, AAA is encouraging all motorists to make sure their vehicles are road-ready before heading out. Travelers can have their vehicles inspected by a trusted mechanic at any AAA Car Care, Insurance and Travel Center or any AAA Approved Auto Repair.

Whether preparing for a trip this Memorial Day weekend or getting ready for a Great American Road Trip this summer, AAA reminds drivers to make sure their cell phones are fully charged and that they have a fully stocked summer emergency kit on hand.

AAA Summer Emergency Kit:

  • Fully charged cell phone and car charger
  • First-aid kit
  • Blanket
  • Flashlight with extra fresh batteries
  • Rags, paper towels or pre-moistened wipes
  • Emergency warning devices such as road flares or reflectors
  • Jumper cables
  • Drinking water/snacks for everyone in the car including pets

AAA Members are also encouraged to download the AAA app for Emergency Roadside Service or program the AAA Help line and their membership number into their phones.

As our Roadside Rescue Team prepare to take care of motorists on the roads, they ask that drivers look out for AAA technicians and other emergency first responders. 

“Drivers need to focus on driving without distraction and keep everyone on the road safe by slowing down and moving over for all who are working at the roadside,” said Overpeck.



For More information and local interviews:

Connecticut – Tracy Noble,

Delaware – Jana Tidwell,

Indiana – Kara Hitchens,

Kansas – Shawn Steward,

Kentucky – Lori Weaver Hawkins,

Maryland – Ragina Ali,

New Jersey – Tracy Noble,

Ohio – Kara Hitchens,

Oklahoma – Leslie Gamble,

Pennsylvania – Jana Tidwell,

South Dakota – Shawn Steward,

Virginia – Morgan Dean, Morgan

Washington, DC – Ragina Ali,

West Virginia – Lori Weaver Hawkins,


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