AAA Roadside Assistance Stats, How To Drive In Snow

AAA Roadside Assistance Stats, How To Drive In Snow

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AAA Mid-Atlantic is handling higher volumes of service requests due to today's winter storm.  It's "all hands on deck" at the motor club's Philadelphia fleet, which houses about 80 emergency roadside service trucks.

As of 3:30 PM, AAA Mid-Atlantic has dispatched over 3,700 requests for service throughout the auto club's territory (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA and VA).  High volume of emergency roadside service requests are expected to continue throughout the storm as motorists head home and especially tomorrow as people begin to dig out and try to get back on the roads.

Winter Weather Driving tips and preparedness

WINTER SURVIVAL KIT 10-POINT CHECKLIST

  • Flashlight with fresh batteries
  • Blankets
  • Booster cables
  • Warning device, such as flares or reflective triangle
  • Small bag of abrasive material, such as sand or cat litter
  • Cloth or a roll of paper towels
  • Small shovel
  • Cell phone
  • Can of de-icer
  • Ice scraper

More at this link.  

According to AAA's Automotive Research Center, at 0°F, a car's battery loses about 60 percent of its strength and at 32°F it loses 35 percent. During cold temperatures starting an engine can take up to twice as much current as needed under normal conditions.  We still have plenty of winter left on the calendar, and surely many more cold days to come.  Get your battery tested, as well as your starting and charging systems prior to hitting the road during deep cold of winter. And are you wondering how to find out if your car battery is old?  

 How to Go on Ice and Snow

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Winter Weather Driving Tips from AAA

Slow down - Drivers are more likely to lose control of the vehicle when roads are wet or icy.

Increase following distance - This will allow time for a controlled stop.

Know when to brake and when to steer - When traveling over 25 MPH, AAA recommends steering rather than braking to avoid a collision in wintry conditions, as less distance is required to steer around an object than to brake to a stop. In slick conditions, sudden braking can lead to loss of vehicle control.

Do not use cruise control and avoid tailgating - Normal following distances of three to four seconds for dry pavement should be increased to eight to 10 seconds when driving on icy, slippery surfaces.

 What to Do in a Front Wheel Skid

Regardless of whether the vehicle has front-, rear- or four-wheel drive, the best way to regain control if the front wheels skid is:

  • Continue to look where you want to go.
  • Steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.
  • Avoid slamming on the brakes. Although hitting the brakes is a typical response, slamming the brakes will only further upset the vehicle's balance and make it harder to regain control.
  • Wait for the front wheels to grip the road again. As soon as traction returns, the vehicle will start to steer again.
  • When the front wheels have regained their grip, steer the wheels gently in the desired direction of travel.

Extreme Cold Drains Car Batteries

Cold weather is especially hard on car batteries.  According to AAA's Automotive Research Center, at 0°F, a car's battery loses about 60 percent of its strength and at 32°F it loses 35 percent. During cold temperatures starting an engine can take up to twice as much current as needed under normal conditions.  With Temperatures expected to drop into single-digits this weekend, AAA urges motorists to check their car batteries.

 Warning signs that you are at risk for a battery related breakdown include the following:

  • You hear a grinding or clicking sound when you turn on the ignition
  • Your vehicle cranks slowly when attempting to start
  • Your headlights dim when idling but brighten when the engine is revved
  • Your battery is more than three (3) years old

 

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