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TOWSON, MD (July 3, 2018) – The heatwave gripping the Mid-Atlantic region is playing havoc on vehicles just as a record-breaking 993,000 Marylanders plan to get away for the Fourth of July holiday. The majority, 86 percent or 863,000, of those travelers will be driving to their holiday destination.
AAA to the Rescue:
From Friday through Monday, as temperatures soared above 90 degrees, AAA Mid-Atlantic came to the rescue of over 25,000 motorists throughout the club’s five-state and Washington, D.C. territory, an increase of 12 percent over the same four-day period in 2017. Over 6,700 of the calls for roadside service were for stranded motorists in Maryland, also a 12 percent increase compared to the same time period last year. Tows, dead batteries, and flat tires are the top three reasons for roadside assistance. With the heatwave continuing into today, AAA Mid-Atlantic continues to experience strong call volume.
“Summer heat takes a toll on vehicles, causing overheated engines, tire blowouts and dead batteries,” said Christine Sarames Delise, a spokeswoman 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.”
For the six-day Fourth of July holiday travel period, Tuesday, July 3 through Sunday, July 8, AAA Mid-Atlantic expects to come to the rescue of more than 26,000 stranded motorists with more than 7,000 of those rescues in Maryland, based on last year’s call volume for the holiday period.
AAA offers the following tips to help avoid common roadside problems:
AAA also recommends these 10 tips for making Independence Day road trips safer and more hassle-free:
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