AAA: Millions will need auto assistance this summer

Car maintenance and insurance coverage are important, especially as summer travel heats up

Before heading out on the first road trip of the official summer season, smart motorists will do a mental checklist for their car - confirming maintenance is up to date and their car insurance coverage is current.

But no matter how prepared a traveler may be, AAA suspects that many will be stranded roadside in the coming months.

"AAA believes a combination of lower gas prices, consumers holding onto their vehicles longer and some motorists cutting regular maintenance from their budgets will drive an increase in the need for roadside assistance this summer," said company automotive vice president Marshall L. Doney.

The company estimates that 7.3 million drivers will need roadside assistance this summer - an increase of 1.5 percent from last year. AAA also predicts that it will tow over 3 million vehicles.

Given the increased likelihood of car trouble and more autos on the road, the threat of accidents is a looming danger.

Knowing car insurance plan numbers and coverage and getting the same details from anyone involved in a crash are important steps to take in the event of an accident.

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Posted: June 05, 2009

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