AAA expecting to rescue hundreds of thousands of stranded motorists Memorial Day weekend

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WITN) – A major automotive group is expecting to help rescue hundreds of thousands of stranded drivers this Memorial Day weekend.

AAA says amid what could be a record breaking roadway travel weekend, they expect to rescue 378,000 stranded drivers. They say that’s a 5% increase from last year.

The group says the most common reasons drivers normally call them are for flat tires, dead batteries, and getting locked out of their car.

Before hitting the road, AAA offers these tips to prevent car problems:

  • Check your tires
  • Listen to and feel the brakes
  • Check your battery
  • Replace wiper blades and replenish windshield cleaner
  • Top off engine oil and other fluids
  • Replenish emergency kit supplies

For drivers who experience car trouble AAA says to follow this advice:

  • Get to the nearest exit or stopping point
  • Pull as far over on the shoulder as safely possible
  • Turn your hazard lights on
  • Call for assistance
  • Remain with your vehicle

If you exit your vehicle, watch the oncoming traffic for a good time to exit. Quickly move to a safe location.

AAA says nearly 350 people are struck and killed outside their disabled vehicle every year.