AAA Braces for Busy Week
One-Two Punch Expected to 'Knock Out' Many Motorists
HARTFORD, CT, (March 3, 2019) - A significant snow storm followed by a significant drop in temperatures has AAA gearing up for a busy week.
"The Monday morning commute may be messy but the traffic safety story does not end there," says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. "AAA is expecting a sharp increase in call volume as temperatures decrease, pushing older car batteries beyond their capacity to perform".
During a cold snap earlier this year, AAA responded to almost 5000 calls for help, just in the Greater Hartford area alone. About half of the calls AAA received were for dead batteries and about 30 percent required a tow.
Prepare in Advance
AAA is urging motorists to take extreme precautions in advance of the snow and the dramatic drop in temperatures, to minimize the risk of a breakdown in conditions that could be life-threatening for anyone who is not prepared.
For the snow...
AAA offers the following tips as snow can impact travel plans:
For the cold...
Once again, AAA will be offering free battery and tire checks at our new Car Care location in Southington (755 Queen Street) and at any AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities.
As always, AAA is encouraging anyone who does not have to be out in the elements to stay home and stay safe.
“It will be all hands on deck at AAA so that we may respond to stranded motorists as quickly and safely as possible,” Parmenter said. “AAA encourages anyone with a car battery more than three years old to get it checked BEFORE it becomes an emergency”.
AAA also recommends checking tire pressure frequently because tires lose air when air temperatures are cold. Proper cold weather tire pressure can be found in the vehicle manual or on a sticker inside the driver’s door, not on the tire itself.
Vehicle Breakdown Tips
Pull out of the traffic lanes if your car breaks down. If faced with a vehicle emergency, safely steer your car off the roadway. Turn on the emergency flashers to alert other drivers. Once everyone is in a safe location, request roadside assistance.
“The first goal is to try to avoid a breakdown by keeping your vehicle up-to-date on maintenance. The second goal, should you break down, is to stay as safe and warm as possible while waiting for help to arrive,” Parmenter said.
For more safety tips if a vehicle breaks down, visit: http://exchange.aaa.com/automotive/roadside-assistance/road-safety-tips
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