AAA projects that it will respond to more than 15,000 roadside assistance calls in Arizona during the 12-day holiday period – a six percent increase from the same timeframe last year. The most common calls for service will come from drivers with flat tires, being locked out of their vehicle or having a dead battery.
“The increase in calls we’re projecting can in large part be attributed to the uptick in road trips, which are slated to increase more than three percent over last year,” said John Walter, director of fleet operations and automotive repair for AAA Arizona. “As the largest roadside assistance provide in the country, AAA has the fastest response times in the industry. Our team will work diligently through the holidays to get stranded motorists to and from their holiday destinations.”
AAA would like to share three presents of roadside wisdom for motorists to remember this travel season:
- Move Over. AAA fleet drivers say nearly 40 percent of Arizona drivers never obey the state’s Move Over law. Arizona’s Move Over law requires motorists to move over or slow down for any vehicle, including stranded motorists and emergency roadside personnel, displaying flashing lights stopped alongside a freeway or highway.
- Keep the sleigh running. AAA Arizona fleet drivers advise motorists to keep original tools, such as the key to a wheel lock, in the vehicle with them at all times. These tools, in addition to an emergency kit, are essential in the event a breakdown. The kit should include jumper cables, flares, basic repair tools, flashlight, batteries, personal safety items, nonperishable food and plenty of drinking water.
- Know your location. In the event of a breakdown, the more details you know the better. Landmarks, mile markers and other distinguishable surroundings can help drivers locate you sooner. Drivers can also download the AAA Mobile app which can send your GPS coordinates directly to AAA in order to expedite roadside assistance.
AAA Arizona projects 1.4 million Arizonans will travel over the upcoming year-end holidays. Nationwide, AAA projects the number of year-end holiday travelers will top 100 million for the first time on record.
For more information, visit www.aaa.com/autorepair.
AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 880,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.