AAA Expecting Over 80,000 Calls From Stranded Motorists By Week’s End

carinsnow_optOn the heels of one storm, another 12-17 inches of snow has been predicted to blanket the Mid-Atlantic region and this time it is striking in the middle of the work week, increasing the probability of traffic crashes. “With one storm behind us past and another on the way AAA Mid-Atlantic has forecasted that 80,000 calls for emergency road service will be placed by motorists in need of assistance,” according to Tracy E. Noble, AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesperson. According to the Federal Highway Administration each year 24 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement and 15 percent happen during snowfall or sleet. Over 1,300 people are killed and more than 116,800 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy or icy pavement annually.

Every year, nearly 900 people are killed and nearly 76,000 people are injured in vehicle crashes during snowfall or sleet. Snow and ice increase road maintenance costs.

AAA reminds motorists:

  • Slow down. Stopping distances are ten times longer in snow and ice;
  • Triple the usual distance between your vehicle and the one ahead of you;
  • Steer into the direction of the skid if your vehicle starts skidding;
  • Avoid passing snowplows or spreaders, unless it is necessary;
  • Use major routes that have been salted or treated whenever possible;
  • Remember neighborhood streets are often the last to be treated or plowed. NJN
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3 COMMENTS

  1. Well they wont be getting to many calls from lakewood now that we have the wonderfull chaveirim! Did AAA take that into account? Chaveirim, keep up the great work and Tizku Limitzvos!

  2. Actually it would be nice if you have AAA to call them for flat tires on days like today it is not fun to change a tire in weather like this Chaveirim keep up the great work you do !!

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