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TOWSON, MD (Tuesday, December 15, 2020) –– Last winter, AAA responded to more than 130,000 calls for emergency roadside service in Maryland. This winter, calls will pose greater risks and be more complex because of COVID-19. With that in mind, and with the potential for an extreme weather event this week, AAA is reminding motorists that now is the time to make sure your vehicle is winter road ready so you won’t find yourself stranded roadside, with limited options that allow for social distancing.
“COVID-19 has added a layer of complexity to all our interactions, including the interactions necessary when AAA provides emergency roadside service,” said Ragina C. Ali, Public and Government Affairs Manager at AAA Mid-Atlantic. “At AAA, it is always our intention to minimize risk and, this year, minimizing risk means giving additional consideration to car care to ensure your safety, the safety of all your passengers and the safety of the AAA roadside rescue team.”
Last winter, 44% of the calls for service to AAA required a tow. Approximately 28% of the calls were for dead batteries and this winter that number could be even higher because so many vehicles have been sitting idle because of COVID-19.
“We know that winter and the extreme cold can really take a toll on batteries. AAA saw a sharp increase in battery calls in the spring and the winter could well be worse,” said Chris Storms, AAA Car Care District Director.
“For this reason, AAA Car Care and most AAA Approved Auto Repairs are offering free winter check-ups for members and non-members alike to ensure vehicles and their passengers will be as safe as possible in the coming months,” Storms said.
“Of course AAA is always available for emergency roadside rescue, but we’d rather provide service in advance in a comfortable, controlled environment that is safer for everyone involved,” Ali added.
Motorists can identify reliable, high-quality repair shops with certified technicians by looking for the AAA Approved Auto Repair sign. These facilities must meet and maintain high professional standards for customer service, technician training, tools, equipment, warranties and cleanliness. Nearby shops can be located at AAA.com/repair.
In an effort to ‘help those who are helping us’ through these challenging times, AAA is offering special membership discounts to all first responders, teachers and the military.
AAA Winter Car Care Tips
This year, that kit should include a mask that you can have on hand, should you need to call for roadside help.
Other Emergency Roadside Kit items include:
Android and iPhone users can download AAA Mobile, AAA’s mobile smartphone app that provides AAA services for all motorists, such as mapping and gas price comparison, as well as member-exclusive benefits including roadside assistance and discounts. AAA Membership is not required to download and use AAA apps, but is necessary to take advantage of unique member benefits such as roadside assistance. For more information on AAA Mobile, visit this link.
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