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AAA Urges Preparation, Caution in Advance of Weekend Snow and Extended Cold Snap
PHILADELPHIA, PA (January 17, 2020) – Mother Nature returns with a vengeance just ahead of a long holiday weekend. With an extended forecast for temperatures below freezing, as well as snow, rain and ice on Saturday, AAA is urging motorists to prepare their vehicles for the potential impact the extreme cold can have on car batteries and tires. In addition, the auto club reminds motorists to exercise caution when traveling during winter weather, as visibility and traction can be compromised.
“The first extended cold snap of the year, coupled with a forecast for wintry weather, comes just ahead of a long holiday weekend,” says Jana Tidwell, manager, public affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “These conditions could impact the performance of your vehicle. Drivers should be proactive and check to ensure their vehicle battery, engines and tires are ready for travel.”
AAA offers the following vehicle preparation tips:
New AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety data analysis finds that almost half a million crashes and over 2,000 deaths occur during severe weather and hazardous road conditions annually. The analysis found that over 38 percent of crashes involving bad weather and/or hazardous road conditions happen during the winter.
“Snow, rain and sleet can reduce your visibility, making it difficult to safely maneuver or even bring the car to a stop if necessary,” said Tidwell. “Everyone needs to be diligent when driving in these conditions, especially if the road is wet or covered in ice or snow.”
The AAA Foundation analyzed 2017 regional data of crashes occurring in adverse weather including what the roadway surface conditions were at the time of the crash. Researchers found that adverse weather and roadway surface conditions were involved in 29 percent of all crashes and 25 percent of all deaths that occurred during the winter— much higher than during any other season.
AAA recommends the following tips when faced with snowy or icy conditions:
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