AAA Expects to Help 800,000 Motorists During the Holidays

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) — AAA estimates it will help 800,000 stranded motorists as they make their way home for the holidays.  

Between Friday and Jan. 2, the motor club expects to jumpstart around 142,000 car batteries, replace another 52,000 dead ones, retrieve more than 104,000 sets of keys locked inside vehicles, change more than 95,000 tires and ultimately tow away around 38,000 vehicles during the year-end holiday period.

The remainder of repairs will involve delivering gas to motorists’ empty tanks and treating other miscellaneous problems.

While the number of motorists expected to experience car troubles may seem high, it only represents a small fraction of those who will be on the road between Christmas and New Year’s.

Just last week, AAA forecasted 91.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the final holiday travel season of 2011, a 1.4% increase over the 90.7 million people who traveled one year ago.  

AAA says that travelers can reduce the chances of a breakdown by keeping cars properly maintained. You can find out what types of preventive maintenance you should perform on your vehicle before taking it out on winter roads in MainStreet’s checklist  for how to winterize your car.

—Jeanine Skowronski is staff reporter for MainStreet. You can reach her by email at Skowronski.jeanine@thestreet.com, or follow her on Twitter at @JeanineSko.

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