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HARTFORD, CT (October 30, 2020) – With the forecast calling for the first snow in some parts of Connecticut and wet roadways elsewhere, AAA is reminding motorists to adjust their driving behaviors accordingly.
“Although there have been fewer cars on the road this year because of COVID-19, there has been a disproportionately high number of serious and fatal crashes, with speed being a significant factor,” says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “Waking up to wet weather should serve as a wakeup call for all drivers to slow down.”
According to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, winter storms, bad weather and sloppy road conditions are a factor in nearly half a million crashes and more than 2,000 road deaths every winter.
AAA Offers These Winter Weather Driving Tips:
Winter Car Care
AAA is also reminding all motorist to make sure their vehicles are winter road ready.
AAA Car Care Tips:
Check Battery - Starting an engine in cold temperatures can take up to twice as much current as needed under normal conditions. The average battery lasts 3-5 years in New England
Check Wiper Blades - The blades should completely clear the glass with each swipe. Replace any blade that leaves streaks or misses spots.
Check Washer Fluid - Fill the windshield washer fluid reservoir with a winter cleaning solution that has antifreeze components to prevent it from freezing.
Prepare Winter Emergency Kit
“Imagine yourself stranded roadside in the dark and the cold. Emergency supplies should include whatever you would need to keep you - and your passengers - safe and warm while waiting for help to arrive”, Parmenter says. “And this year, that emergency kit should include a few extra masks, to ensure everyone can safely interact with anyone who comes to the rescue”.
Recommended Winter Emergency Kit (photo attached):
AAA Offers FREE BATTERY and TIRE TESTING
CT Mailing Address:
815 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06119
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This event had:
This TEDx WilmingtonSalon was organized in partnership with AAA
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