When the mercury in the thermometer goes up, so does the call volume for AAA Roadside Service so AAA is urging motorists to prepare their vehicles - and themselves - for the heat in an effort to avoid a true emergency.
“When temperatures soar, what should just be an inconvenience can quickly escalate to an emergency if motorists are not prepared,” says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “Imagine being stranded roadside in the extreme heat, possibly with children or seniors, take every precaution to avoid it and, AAA recommends preparing an 'emergency kit' just in case.”
Even with proper preventive maintenance, summer breakdowns can still occur, so AAA recommends every driver have a fully charged cellphone on hand so they can call for help when needed and also keep a well-stocked emergency kit in their vehicle to ensure everyone’s safety while they’re waiting for help to arrive.
AAA says the Summer Emergency Kit should include:
In anticipation of the heat, AAA is offering a membership discount for motorists in the Greater Hartford area to ensure everyone’s safety. The promo code is SAFETY for anyone renewing a membership or SAFETYNEW for new members.
AAA Tips for Preparing your Vehicle for the Heat
Most batteries last 3-5 years and each day of extreme weather pushes a battery closer to its end.
Tires should be checked when the car has not been driven recently, and they should be inflated to the pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer – not the number molded into the tire sidewall.
Recommended tire pressures can be found in the owner’s manual or on a sticker normally located on the driver’s door jamb or the inside of the glove compartment door. Some vehicles use different pressures for the front and rear tires.
While checking the tire pressures - including the spare - drivers also should inspect the tire treads for adequate depth and any signs of uneven wear that might indicate a suspension or alignment problem.
Find a trusted mechanic
While many of the maintenance tasks to prepare a car for extreme summer heat are relatively simple and can be performed by the average driver, some are best left to a trained automotive technician.
The new AAA Car Care in Southington (755 Queen St.) is offering free battery and tire testing for anyone – not just AAA members. The goal is to ensure everyone’s safety.
Or, to locate a nearby AAA Approved Repair shop visit AAA.com/Repair.
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