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AAA Expects to Rescue Over 74,000 Motorists During Holidays

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 WILMINGTON, Del.-  AAA Mid-Atlantic expects to rescue more than 74,000 motorists, including 2,700 in Delaware, as more than 272,000 residents travel 50 miles or more for the year-end holidays.

More than 90 percent of Delawareans will travel by car to visit with family and friends. Nationwide, AAA anticipates it will come to the aid of more than 1.1 million stranded motorists during the year-end holiday period, as 89.5 million holiday travelers choose to take to the roadways for their holiday travel plans. Between December 23, 2014 and January 4, 2015 the motor club will be busy with battery replacements, jump starts, changing tires and more. 

"Becoming stranded on the roadway can quickly dampen your holiday spirit," said Jim Lardear, spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic.  "Whether you are planning local day trips or long distance year-end holiday travel, having your vehicle properly maintained and prepared for the rigors of holiday driving will help ensure it gets you to your destination safely and without incident."

Whether planning a holiday road trip now or later this winter, AAA recommends two fundamental things motorists can do to decrease the likelihood of their vehicle leaving them stranded:

Have your vehicle serviced regularly based on the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule. This is the best way to catch problems before they arise; and Identify a quality repair shop, and use that facility for all of your vehicle repairs and maintenance. Repeated use of a trustworthy shop allows a motorist to develop a good relationship with the service staff, and allows the repair technicians to get to know the vehicle and make needed service recommendations in a timely manner.

AAA offers a free public service to help consumers find quality auto repair facilities that meet and maintain high professional standards for training, equipment, cleanliness and customer service. Motorists can either look for a AAA Car Care Center in their area or a AAA Approved Auto Repair sign at local auto repair facilities, or search for a nearby AAA Approved shop online at AAA.com/Repair.  
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