Millions of Motorists Will Be Stranded This Summer, AAA Says
AAA expects to get a call from 7 million American motorists experiencing car trouble this summer, according to a new survey published Thursday.
The travel group said it expects most of the stranded drivers to face dead batteries, flat tires and keys locked inside their vehicles. AAAâ€™s survey revealed that four out of 10 drivers are unprepared for breakdowns, even as three-quarters of all family vacationers plan to travel by car.
The survey also found that two-thirds of car owners have never had their car battery tested, and one out of five drivers do not know how to change a tire.
â€œSummer heat takes a toll on vehicles, causing overheating engines, tire blowouts and dead batteries,â€ said Cliff Ruud, managing director of AAA Automotive.
AAA recommends that drivers schedule a checkup for their vehicles before hitting the road for a summer trip. It also said drivers should carry an extra set of keys and pack an emergency kit, including a phone charger, flashlight, first-aid kit and jumper cables.
AAA also says gas prices have posted modest declines, roughly two weeks before the unofficial start to the summer. The national average was $2.36 a gallon Wednesday, down 3 cents compared to last month. Prices at the pump typically climb in the spring, but an unseasonable glut of gasoline is keeping prices low.