AAA rescues more than 2,100 drivers this week in Miami Valley

AAA’s Roadside Rescue team has helped hundreds and hundreds of stranded drivers over the past few days in the Miami Valley

The auto club reported that since Sunday. it has rescued more than 2,100 motorists.

There is an increasing number of calls for dead batteries and vehicle tows as drivers deal with snow and bitterly cold weather.

“As temperatures are forecasted to plummet to single digits over the weekend, AAA reminds drivers that breakdowns occurring during extreme temperatures can be dangerous, especially for the elderly and very young,” said Kara Hitchens, AAA spokeswoman, in a Thursday news release.

For those who must go out, Hitchens said that preparation is key for a safe trip.

Motorists are advised to prepare a winter emergency kit to stow in the trunk of their vehicle. More than 40% of drivers do not carry an emergency kit in their vehicles, AAA said.

The emergency kit should include:

  • First-aid kit
  • Non-perishable snacks for both human and pet passengers
  • Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats
  • Snow shovel
  • Blankets
  • Extra warm clothing (coat, gloves, hats, scarves)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Window washer solvent
  • Ice scraper with brush
  • Cloth or roll of paper towels
  • Jumper cables
  • Warning devices (flares or triangles)
  • Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)

Also, drivers should have bottled water and a fully charged mobile phone programmed with rescue apps and important phone numbers, including family and emergency services, and a car charger.

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