AAA expects to respond to over 16,000 broken down Ohio motorists over Memorial Day weekend

MIAMI VALLEY — Millions of people are expected to hit the road over Memorial Day weekend and AAA says they’re anticipating receiving thousands of calls from drivers experiencing car troubles.

AAA reports that emergency roadside crews expect to respond to more than 16,000 of their members across Ohio who will experience issues such as dead batteries, tire troubles, and lockouts.

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“We look forward to getting our Members back on the roads as quickly and safely as possible for the Memorial Day weekend and throughout the busy summer,” Chris Overpeck, Director of AAA’s Club Fleet Operations, said.

Last year, AAA responded to more than 460,000 calls from their members across the country over Memorial Day weekend. This year, that number is expected to be 483,000.

News Center 7′s Xavier Hershovitz highlighted some advice that AAA and experts have for drivers before hitting the road. They advised drivers to check their vehicle’s wipers, fluids, and tire pressure before taking off.

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AAA also recommends making sure your cellphone is charged and that you have a fully stocked emergency kit on hand. Key items to include in your emergency kit are:

  • Fully charged cell phone and car charger
  • First aid-kit
  • Blanket Flashlight with extra fresh batteries
  • Rags, paper towels or pre-moistened wipes
  • Emergency warning devices such as road flares or reflectors
  • Jumper cables
  • Drinking water/snacks for everyone in the car including pets
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