AAA call volume this winter is up 10% over last winter – just in the Greater Hartford area alone. And, though the calendar now indicates that winter is over, the forecast suggests drivers may still be slipping and sliding and getting stuck in the snow.
In fact, the timing of the 4th Nor’easter in three weeks may pose a greater risk to drivers across the state than the previous storms because more commuters could be on the roads during the heaviest snowfall.
“This has been a particularly taxing winter for drivers here in Connecticut given the extended stretch of cold weather, an unusually early pothole season and now one nor’easter after another” says Amy Parmenter, spokesperson for AAA in Greater Hartford. “The surest way for motorists to avoid further expense would be to stay off the roads until the storm has passed and the roadways are clear”.
And it's not just a matter of saving money. Previous research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety determined that adverse weather is a factor in more than a million crashes annually nationwide and more than 5000 deaths.
Connecticut's Winter Weather Woes, By the Numbers
AAA emergency rescue crews responded to almost 85,000 calls for help this winter. (December 21st, 2017 and March 19, 2018) More than 60,000 of those calls were for dead batteries and tows.
In an effort to ensure everyone's safety, AAA is encouraging those who are able to do so, to plan to be off the roads BEFORE conditions worsen, which can happen quickly. And, if drivers find themselves with limited visibility, AAA urges them to pull off the roadway as soon as it is safely possible to do so.
As always, AAA Emergency Rescue crews will respond to members as quickly and safely as possible.
For those who must be on the road, AAA offers the following safe driving tips:
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