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AAA: Tips to avoid summer travel car trouble

A study released by the company predicts over seven million people will have car issues during the summer travel season. /AAA

MACON, Ga -- If you're planning to take a fun road trip this summer AAA wants to remind you to stay safe.

A study released by the company predicts over seven million people will have car issues during the summer travel season.

“Nothing puts the brakes on summer trips quite like car trouble,” said Garrett Townsend, Georgia Public Affairs Director, AAA—The Auto Club Group. “AAA recommends a basic safety check before you get on the road.”

The study also shows the following:

  • Two-thirds of Americans have never tested their car batteries.
  • One of out five people do not know how to change a tire.
  • Two-fifths do not carry an emergency road kit in their vehicle.

“It is important for motorists to keep their vehicle operating safely in order to arrive safely to their destination,” continued Townsend. “Having your vehicle checked by a skilled auto technician will save you time on the side of the road and help prevent expensive car repairs.”

Here are some tips to avoid car troubles:

  • Schedule a checkup: Take your vehicle to a trusted repair facility to perform any needed maintenance before heading out
  • Pack an emergency kit: Every vehicle should be equipped with a well-stocked emergency road kit that includes a mobile phone and car charger, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a basic toolkit with tire pressure gauge and adjustable wrench, windshield washer solution, jumper cables, emergency flares or reflectors, drinking water, extra snacks and food for travelers and pets.
  • Prevent lockouts: Always take keys when exiting the car and bring a spare car key on every trip.

For more information on this study visit the company's website.

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