Beginning this week, 40 million people are expected to hit the road for the 4th of July holiday and summer vacations.
If you’re going to be one of those people, travel experts say personal safety should be one of your top priorities. With the number of people on the roads combined with the heat, AAA officials anticipate more than 300,000 breakdowns.
Officials say you make sure you check your battery before you set out on your trip, because batteries don’t handle the heat well. Also make sure to check your tire pressure, including your spare tire.
One big thing to remember if your vehicle breaks down is that the worst places you could be are changing the tire or waiting inside your car.
“You want to be to near the passenger rear, way in the back. You want to be in the grass, in the weeds, away from your car until help arrives,” said Ed Welsh, Northeast Regional General Manager for AAA. “Even if you’re going to change your own tire and you know how to do it – and most people do – wait until you have help there, wait until there's a police officer there or an emergency vehicle there to help protect the scene. Those flashing lights … people will see them for miles back, obviously, and you’ll be a little bit safer.”
AAA officials also suggest keeping water and snacks in your car.