November 24, 2015
AAA Nebraska Urges Motorists to Prepare Vehicles for Winter Weather


Many roadside assistance calls can be prevented.  AAA is urging Nebraska motorists to get their vehicles road-ready before the next cold snap arrives. According to current AAA Service Volume tracking, more than 25 percent of the Nebraska service calls are attributed to dead batteries.
  AAA Service Volume During Winter Months
  Tow   37.8%  
  Battery   25.4%  
  Flat Tire   18.1%  
  Keys/Lockout/Locksmith   14.3%  
  Extrication/Ditch Removal   2.9%  
  Fuel   1.0%  
  Accident/Collision   0.5%  
  Total   100%  
  *Based on Winter-2015  data      

By following safe driving habits like planning ahead, driving distraction-free and taking time to prepare vehicles for winter weather, motorists can help ensure trouble-free travel. With that in mind, here are the AAA Top Ten Winter Car Care Tips:
  1. Have battery and charging system tested to ensure they are fully charged and in good condition.
  2. Have brakes checked to ensure they work properly and apply smoothly to help prevent the wheels from locking on slick surfaces.
  3. Have tires inspected and properly inflated.  Tire air pressure decreases 1-2 psi for every 10 degree temperature drop.
  4. Use the tire size recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer for best snow traction. Overly wide tires tend to float on top of the snow, reducing grip.
  5. Make sure the engine coolant provides anti-freeze protection down to the lowest temperatures you are likely to encounter; -30oF/-34oC is a good guideline.
  6. Replace worn windshield wipers that streak.
  7. Fill washer reservoir with a winter solvent that won’t freeze.
  8. Always keep the gas tank at least half full to minimize condensation buildup that can lead to gas line freeze-up. If you are not using an Ethanol blend of fuel (contains alcohol), consider using a gas line “dryer” additive periodically to absorb moisture.
  9. Carry a winter driving kit for use in the event of an emergency. The kit should include a small bag of abrasive material (sand or salt), a small snow shovel, a snow brush, traction mats, a flashlight with new batteries, basic car repair tools, window washer solvent, an ice scraper, a cloth or roll of paper towels, jumper cables, blankets, warning devices (flares or triangles), snacks, drinking water, and extra heavy clothing.
  10. Carry a cell phone and car charger. Program the phone with important numbers including your roadside service provider and auto insurance agent.  AAA members may access AAA roadside assistance with the free AAA app for iPhone, iPad and Android at or submit road service requests online at


Rose White
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