AAA URGES MICHIGAN MOTORISTS TO GET VEHICLES ROAD-READY Summer Driving Season Heats Up DEARBORN, MI (June 19, 2018) – With the school year drawing to a close and the Independence Day holiday on the horizon, the summer travel season is heating up. AAA is sending out a STATEWIDE ROAD READY REMINDER urging motorists to get their vehicles ready for safe journeys. Michigan travelers are reminded that emergencies are one of the fastest ways to put the brakes ona great vacation. Motorists can minimize the risk by planning ahead and preparing properly for safe summer road trips. Based on recent AAA surveys and analysis, AAA believes that higher gas prices will not deter Michiganders from traveling this summer. Memorial Day travel in the Mitten State was forecasted to increase for the fourth straight year by nearly 5 percent over last year. This trend is expected to continue into the Independence Day holiday. In order to enjoy summer travel and well-deserved time off, motorists may seek other ways to adjust their budgets like shaving a day or two off their vacation, shortening the mileage of their trip, eating in or at less expensive restaurants and finding other ways to save. According to AAA’s American Driving Survey, people drive the most during the summer months, July-September. More than half (55.6 percent) of calls AAA receives from stranded motorists are due to dead batteries, flat tires, low fuel and lockouts. While AAA service technicians are able to get those motorists back on the road, the other 44 percent of stranded motorists have problems that cannot be resolved on the roadside, requiring them to be towed.
"Nothing ruins a summer trip faster than a flat tire, overheated cooling system or battery that quits working on a hot summer day," Susan Hiltz, Michigan public affairs director, AAA-The Auto Club Group said. "That's why it is important to perform basic safety checks before you get on the road. To help Michiganders enjoy their travels this summer, AAA also offers some useful digital travel tools for free."
AAA offers theses Safe Summer Travel Tips:
Vehicle Maintenance Prep
Get vehicle inspected by a certified automotive technician at a AAA-approved auto repair facility.
Check tires regularly for uneven or excessive tread wear. Make sure all tires, including the spare, are inflated properly. For an accurate inflation reading, check tires when they are cool.
Check coolantlevel and condition, making sure you consult your owner’s manual for the proper mix of water and coolant.
Check engine oillevel and condition. If driving under extreme conditions- such as very hot summer weather or pulling a heavy trailer - you may want to consider switching to oil with higher viscosity. Check your owner's manual for specific recommendations.
Check belts and hosesfor wear, softness, cracks and blisters. Always perform this check when the engine is off and cool.
Check battery. Hot weather can shorten a car's battery’s life. If there's a concern, have it tested by a certified automotive technician.
Road Trip Ready
Seat belts-Check that they are operating correctly and provide appropriate child passenger seats for all young passengers.
Emergency kit-Carry one with a flashlight, extra batteries, warning devices such as reflective triangles, jumper cables, a first-aid kit and extra water.
High beams-Use them when driving at night on unlit roadways.
Gas Level-Don't let it fall below one-quarter of a tank.
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