PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – In 2015, AAA rescued a record-breaking 32 million drivers.
According to AAA’s 2015 roadside assistance data, 29.2 percent of assistance calls in Massachusetts and Rhode Island were for battery problems, while 21 percent were for flat tires.
“One of the reasons batteries go dead sometimes in a newer car is because there are so many electrical accessories in a car,” said AAA Car Doctor John Paul. “Years and years ago a car had an AM/FM radio and that’s pretty much it. Today there’s all kinds of computers in cars, there’s a lot really going on inside a car today.”
Paul also said that AAA has noticed a lot of dead batteries in keyless cars.
“People will, especially in their garage at home, drive the car in, leave the FOB in the cup holder not thinking anything of it. Well, what happens is the car still thinks you’re there and it doesn’t shut off all the electrical systems. So after two days of non-use your battery is dead,” said Paul.
To check the battery life in your car, Paul says to make sure to “bring it to a garage, have it tested, make sure it’s in good shape.”
“And typically if it’s five or six years old, it’s probably time to replace it,” he added.
For tire maintenance, AAA recommends checking your tire pressure at least once a month and rotating your tires regularly. Also, you should make sure your spare tire is properly inflated in case of a flat tire occurring.
If you do get a flat tire or break down, the most important thing to remember is to get out of the road and as far away from traffic as possible.