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AAA says 8 million drivers will be stranded this summer driving seasonFriday, May 31, 2013

Category:Car & Maintenance Tips

As the summer driving season kicks off, AAA is expecting to help a lot of Americans with car issues. 

According to a recent report, AAA predicts that more than 8 million Americans will need assistance while on the road this summer driving season, which they categorize as the time from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Already, 31 million people hit the road for Memorial Day travel, but many trips were cut short or ruined as 250,000 of those motorists needed AAA to come to their rescue for car trouble. Motorists are reminded to take the necessary precautions this summer driving season to avoid being one of the 8 million who will be stranded on the side of the road. 

"The best way to avoid a breakdown during a trip is to ensure your car is properly maintained before hitting the road," said John Nielsen, AAA's managing director of automotive engineering and repair. "But unexpected breakdowns can still occur so for your safety and security, and that of your passengers, be sure to have access to a roadside assistance provider like AAA."

AAA reminds motorists how to be ready for the road with its acronym S.A.F.E.T.R.I.P.

The acronym includes all the essential tasks to ensure a car is road ready including, servicing a battery, checking air conditioning, topping off vehicle fluids, restocking an emergency roadside kit, ensuring tires are inflated and in good condition, regularly maintaining a car, inspecting under the hood and planning ahead. Motorists are also reminded to equip their vehicle with Husky Liners® custom fit floor mats, as this will protect an interior from damage and will make clean ups quick and easy while on the road. 

AAA noted that is particularly important motorists ensure their tires are properly maintained.

"Roughly one million drivers will call AAA for help with a flat tire during the summer travel season, and many of those problems could be avoided with a quick tire inspection," said Nielsen. "Begin every tire inspection with a pressure check when the tires are cold and the car has not been driven recently."

Traveling good for relationships
It's not hard to believe that traveling helps relationships, but a recent study provides proof. According to a survey from, 90 percent of couples who went on a road trip together said the experience improved their relationship. 

As the summer driving is underway, those looking to explore new places will find their relationships stronger by the end of a trip.