AAA Nevada wants to help drivers outsmart life by unveiling the most common reasons members are running into trouble on the road.
A review of data from AAA Nevada's emergency roadside assistance and AAA Auto Repair Centers reveals battery issues are plaguing drivers across the state.
In May and June, AAA Nevada saw a 35% increase in roadside assistance calls for battery service compared to the same time in 2019. The increase represents more than 3000 more calls this year.
AAA Auto Repair Centers across the west have also seen battery services increase 23% since stay-at-home orders were enacted. All other calls for service including flat tires, vehicle lockouts and tows declined compared to last year.
The coronavirus pandemic has also caused drivers to forego routine vehicle maintenance. AAA Auto Repair Center data reveals a 17 percent drop in vehicle maintenance services since mid-March.
Vehicles typically associated with work, like trucks and SUVs, have been especially impacted by the stop-and-go of the economy. AAA Auto Repair facilities have seen repair services for these types of vehicles dramatically rise.
To keep motorists moving, AAA Nevada is sharing five pieces of roadside wisdom that can help drivers stay safe on the road:
- Drive your vehicle at least once a week for at least 30 minutes. This will help keep your battery charged. Take a longer route that you normally would when running errands to let your vehicle run more.
- If you’ve postponed routine maintenance, make sure to have your vehicle inspected at a AAA Auto Repair Center or a trusted mechanic.
- Check your tire pressure. Tires should be checked when your vehicle has not been driven recently. Low tire pressure can lead to blow outs, can affect handling and braking of a vehicle.
- Check your fluids. Your engine, brakes, transmission, radiator, and power steering all need to have optimal fluid levels to function properly. Proper fluid levels are essential for keeping your vehicle running smoothly.
- Have a breakdown plan. If faced with a vehicle emergency, safely steer your car off the roadway. Turn on the emergency flashers to alert other drivers.
Once in a safe location, request assistance from a road service provider. Under most circumstances, it is safest to remain buckled in your vehicle until help arrives.