AAA urges Michigan motorist to prepare vehicles for winter weather and holiday travels

DEARBORN - With the weather wizards calling for colder temperatures, the holiday driving season on the horizon and the first day of Winter a little over two weeks away, AAA is urging Michigan drivers to get their vehicles road-ready.

According to 2016 AAA Service Volume tracking, nearly 29 percent of the Michigan service calls were attributed to dead batteries. “Winter driving can be stressful for both motorists and their vehicles. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to preparing your car for another Michigan winter.” stated Susan Hiltz, Michigan public affairs director for AAA-The Auto Club.

According to the attached new AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey, although over one in five (22%) of Michigan motorists are concerned about their vehicle breaking down or not starting while driving in winter weather, half of them (50%) do not plan on having vehicle maintenance done before winter.

By simply following safe driving habits like planning ahead, driving distraction-free and taking time to prepare vehicles for winter weather, motorists can help ensure trouble-free travel. AAA Approved Auto Repair (AAR) facilities provide quality car care services. With that in mind, here are the AAA Top Ten Winter Car Care Tips:

1. Have battery and charging system tested to ensure they are fully charged and in good condition.
2. Have brakes checked to ensure they work properly and apply smoothly to help prevent the wheels from locking on slick surfaces.
3. Have tires properly inflated. Under-inflated tires can be dangerous, and may suffer damage. Tire air pressure decreases 1-2 psi for every 10 degree temperature drop.
4. Use the tire size recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer for best snow traction. Overly wide tires tend to float on top of the snow, reducing grip.
5. Make sure the engine coolant provides anti-freeze protection down to the lowest temperatures you are likely to encounter; -30oF/-34oC is a good guideline.
6. Replace worn windshield wipers that streak.
7. Fill washer reservoir with a winter solvent that won’t freeze.
8. Always keep the gas tank at least half full to minimize condensation buildup that can lead to gas line freeze-up. If the fuel in your area does not already contain alcohol, use a gas line “dryer” additive periodically to absorb moisture.
9. Carry a winter driving kit for use in the event of an emergency. The kit should include a small bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter), a small snow shovel, a snow brush, traction mats, a flashlight with new batteries, basic car repair tools, window washer solvent, an ice scraper, a cloth or roll of paper towels, jumper cables, a blanket, warning devices (flares or triangles), snacks, drinking water and extra clothes.
10. Carry a cell phone and car charger. Program the phone with important numbers including a reliable roadside service provider that you have signed up with in advance, such as AAA emergency road service (1-800-222-6424). Motorists can also access AAA roadside assistance with the free AAA app for iPhone, iPad and Android at AAA.com/mobile or submit road service requests online at www.aaa.com.

The AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey was conducted online among residents living in Michigan from October 10, 2017 – October 18, 2017. A total of 354 Michigan drivers completed the survey. Overall results have a maximum margin of error of ± 5.2 percentage points. Responses are weighted by gender and age to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the adult population (18+) in Michigan.

The AAA Approved Auto Repair (AAR)network includes nearly 7,000 facilities which have met AAA’s high standards, including, certifications, technical training, cleanliness, insurance requirements, rigorous inspections and customer satisfaction. AAA members are eligible for special benefits such as priority service, a 24-month/24,000-mile warranty, discounts, free inspections, dispute resolution assistance and more. To locate an AAR shop in your area, visit AAA.com/AutoRepair.





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