ORLANDO, Fla. (May 24, 2005) — As the summer travel season arrives, AAA has enhanced its roadside assistance to motorists with failed batteries.
AAA said it expects more than 7.4 million motorists will call to request a tow, fuel, assistance with a flat tire or lockout, or a battery boost or replacement during June, July and August. During the summer heat, the Orlando-based organization typically manages more than 1.3 million requests for battery services alone—representing roughly 17 percent of its total summer call volume.
“In the past, when a member's vehicle left them stranded due to battery failure, AAA would send a tow truck to their rescue,” said Margaret Pittelkow, AAA's managing director of emergency road service. “Now, members living in most metropolitan areas within the United States can choose to have AAA replace their vehicle's battery at the scene of disablement, or a simple battery boost can be provided to get them on their way.”
AAA urged motorists to have their vehicles inspected by an automotive repair professional and have any required routine services performed before heading out on a road trip.