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TOWSON, MD (Friday, 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 Ragina C. Ali, Public and Government Affairs Manager 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 Ali. “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% of all crashes and 25% of all deaths that occurred during the winter— much higher than during any other season. Regionally, 40.8% of crashes and 32.3% of deaths during the winter occur in adverse weather or on hazardous roadway surface conditions in the Northeast.
This winter, AAA Mid-Atlantic expects to rescue 130,000 motorists in Maryland. AAA recommends the following tips when faced with snowy or icy conditions:
Motorists are encouraged to stop by any AAA Car Care Center for a FREE check of your battery, tires, fluids and wipers, in advance of the pending weather.
About AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety: Established in 1947 by AAA, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a nonprofit, publicly funded, 501(c)(3) charitable research and educational organization. The AAA Foundation’s mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by conducting research into their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur. This research is used to develop educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Visit www.AAAFoundation.org.
AAA provides automotive, travel and insurance services to over 60 million members nationwide and nearly 988,000 members in Maryland. AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years. The not-for-profit, fully tax-paying member organization works on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. For more information, visit AAA.com.
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