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PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 24, 2019) –Car Care Month (October) continues and with the weather turning colder, especially overnight, AAA urges motorists to take the time to get their cars ready for winter weather driving. In addition to recommending drivers have their batteries, windshield wipers and tire treads checked, AAA notes two things most drivers don’t think about until it’s too late – spare tires and chewed wires.
Searching for Your Spare
Winter weather can lead to tire issues. AAA recommends checking tire pressure, tire tread and whether or not you have a spare tire. According to research from AAA, nearly one‐third (28 percent) of 2017 model year vehicles did not come with a spare tire as standard equipment. This reduces vehicle weight and improves furl economy in newer vehicles, but creates an unnecessary hassle and expense for drivers.
While new vehicles are equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems that alert drivers to low tire pressure, AAA’s roadside assistance data shows that tire-related problems continue to be one of the top reasons why members call for assistance. AAA Mid-Atlantic roadside assistance crews responded to more than 90,000 member calls for flat tires in 2018 and nearly 70,000 to date in 2019. To avoid a roadside surprise, AAA urges drivers to check their trunk for a spare tire before trouble strikes.
“Having a flat tire can be a nuisance for drivers, but not having a spare could put them in an even more aggravating situation,” said Jana L. Tidwell, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “Flat tires remain one of the top reasons our members call for service, yet many do not realize they do not have a spare tire to put on their vehicle. This can turn the relatively routine process of changing a tire at the roadside into an inconvenient and costly situation that requires a tow to a repair facility.”
To prevent drivers from being stranded in the event of a flat tire, AAA offers these precautionary tips:
Rodent Risk to Your Wallet
Car not starting? Rats! Literally, rats or mice could be the problem. As the weather turns colder, rodents like mice, rats, chipmunks and squirrels take shelter wherever they can, possibly even under the hood.
AAA automotive technicians say rodents will take up residence under the hood of a vehicle to get out of the cold, snow and wind, where it’s warm, dark, dry and full of nooks for nesting. Rodents can damage your vehicle by chewing through power steering lines, filling engine intakes with nuts, and plugging up air-conditioning ducts with their nests. And because some car parts are made from renewable resources, such as soy-based wire coverings or body insulation made of natural products, the car could become a smorgasbord of treats for rodents, whose snacking can result in costly damage for car owners.
“Gnawed wires cause a variety of electrical problems, including engine no-starts. Unfortunately, the cost to make repairs can run into hundreds of dollars and is not always covered under the owner’s new car warranty or car insurance,” says Tidwell. “Rodent damage is not something a car owner would think of needing protection from, however, we’ve seen enough cases to say it’s a problem.”
AAA technicians advise:
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