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Old Man Winter is making his return this week, ushering in cold temperatures and a weekend weather forecast that calls for the first snow of the season. Winter Storm Benji, set to affect most of Maryland early Saturday, is set to deliver a 2,000-mile long path of snow from Texas to New England.
Cold temperatures wreak havoc on car batteries and tires, and snow causes treacherous driving conditions. As a result, AAA Mid-Atlantic is gearing up for winter emergency roadside assistance calls. AAA Mid-Atlantic’s fleet of tow trucks, battery trucks and light service vehicles is ready to rescue AAA members during this weekend and beyond.
“Our roadside assistance fleet is ready to rescue our members who need us this winter,” said Ragina Cooper Averella, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “When the forecast calls for cold temperatures and snow, it means all hands on deck at AAA so that we can respond to our members as quickly and safely as possible.”
AAA also reminds motorists to take the time to prepare their vehicles for winter weather. Based on calls to AAA Mid-Atlantic Roadside Assistance, the most common problems that arise this time of year are dead batteries or improperly inflated tires, both of which can be aggravated by a sudden cold snap.
“No one ever plans on getting stranded, so AAA encourages anyone with a car battery more than three years old to get it checked before temperatures drop,” noted Averella. “In addition, pack a vehicle emergency kit before you need it and leave in in the car all winter. These supplies could be life-saving.”
AAA Winter Weather Vehicle Preparations
Winter Vehicle Emergency Kit
Motorists are advised to pack a winter emergency kit now to stow in the trunk of their vehicle to have immediately available should the need arise. More than 40 percent of motorists do not carry an emergency kit in their vehicle, cautions AAA.
Winter Weather Driving
The first snow of the season always comes with a learning curve for drivers who forget how to go in ice and snow.
“Drivers need to remember that it takes a different set of skills when traveling on snowy and icy roads,” commented Averella. “If you have to be out and about, like many holiday shoppers will, remember to drive with caution and give road crews plenty of room to do their job safely.”
AAA Mid-Atlantic advises motorists to be cautious when driving in winter conditions and offers the following safety tips:
Motorists can download AAA’s free brochure How to Go on Ice and Snow for more tips.
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