Cold Weather Car Troubles Continue, Snow Expected to Make Matters Worse
The extreme cold has taken its toll on motor vehicles across Connecticut, as evidenced by record call volume for AAA, and now… snow in the forecast is piling on.
AAA is urging motorists to plan tonight and use caution tomorrow, making every effort to avoid driving when conditions are extreme or visibility is limited.
“AAA has fielded a record number of calls from members over this prolonged stretch of cold weather, many of them stranded roadside in extreme conditions. Adding snow to the mix further increases the risk for drivers - and their passengers - and increases AAA’s concern for everyone’s safety,” says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford.
AAA is reminding anyone who must drive on wet or snow covered roads to adjust their driving behaviors for the conditions and to go nowhere – not even a short distance - without a full tank of gas, a fully charged cellphone and a fully stocked emergency kit.
“This is not the time of year to jump in the car in a tee shirt and shorts because you’re ‘just going to the gym’,” Parmenter says.
More than 40 percent of motorists do not carry an emergency kit in their vehicle, cautions AAA.
Winter Weather Driving
The forecast for early Thursday morning suggests that most of Connecticut will be blanketed under the first significant snowfall of the season, just in time for the morning commute.
AAA offers the following safe driving tips:
Winter Weather Emergency Kit
AAA Record Emergency Call Volume
AAA in Greater Hartford received more than 12,000 calls for emergency roadside assistance during the year-end holiday period, a 60% increase over last year during that same timeframe. (Dec 23-Jan 1).
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AAA will continue using all resources to respond to those in need of help as quickly and safely as possible.
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