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As Holiday Travelers Take to the Road, AAA Has Tips to Stay Safe

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (November 19, 2018) – With 91 percent of Virginians choosing to drive this Thanksgiving holiday week, the roads will be crowded. AAA Tidewater is expecting over 7,000 calls for emergency roadside service between November 21st and the 25th, an increase from past years. AAA reminds motorists before hitting the road to prep your car with a few simple checks.

 AAA offers the following tips to make those road trips both fun and safe.

Car Care Tips:

  •  Oil - Check both the level and condition of the car’s motor oil. Consult the owner’s manual for recommended oil change interval and suggested grade of oil.
  • Battery - Make sure the battery terminals and cables are securely attached and free of corrosion.

  • Radiator - Check the antifreeze/coolant level and top off with a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and water if needed. Do not remove the radiator pressure cap when the engine is hot.

  • Tires - Check the air pressure and look for damage, bulges, and excessive or uneven tread wear.

  • Windshield Wipers - Make sure your wipers can keep your windshield clean and streak-free.

  • Light and Signals - Check headlights, brake lights, and turn signals. Keep all lights clear of dirt, especially headlights.

  • Use headlights at all times – so others see your vehicle more easily.

  • Emergency Kit - Should include water, non-perishable food items, jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, road flares or an emergency beacon, basic hand tools, and a first aid kit.

Driving Tips:

  • Check the weather forecasts along your planned route – so you are prepared for conditions.
  • Make sure you are well rested.

  • Share the driving duties with other passengers.

  • Always Buckle Your Seat Belt and put children under 8 in appropriate child safety restraints.

  • Keep your hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road, and your mind on your driving.

  • Stay abreast of local forecasts both at your departure city and your destination


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