AAA offers tips for safe Memorial Day Weekend travels

By Sydney Hencil Anchor/Reporter
Posted 12:55PM on Thursday 25th May 2023 ( 1 week ago )
An estimated 1.3 million Georgians are being forecast to travel over the 2023 Memorial Day weekend and AAA has some tips to help people safely travel.
According to the group's 2023 Memorial Day Travel Forecast, an estimated 1.2 million Georgians will drive, which is 70,000 more than in 2022.  Meanwhile, 114,000 are forecast to fly, which is 12,000 more passengers than last year’s holiday.
Nationwide, AAA expects to rescue more than 483,000 stranded motorists, during the holiday weekend. The three most common reasons are flat tires, dead batteries, and lockouts.
“So with that being said, we want to make sure that people are aware that a properly maintained vehicle is critical in order for them to have a successful road trip, as well as make it to their destination safely,” AAA spokeswoman Montrae Waiters said.
AAA suggests the following tips to prevent car problems before your journey:
While driving, AAA suggests the following safe driving tips:
If you do find yourself stranded on the road, AAA suggests pulling over to the side of the road, to turn your hazard lights on and to call for assistance.  Waiters said it is better to wait in your vehicle if it is safe to do so.
“If you have to get out of your vehicle to check anything, it's very important to make sure you watch for that oncoming traffic,” she said.
If you are stranded or impaired, the Auto Club Group is activating its Tow to Go program this weekend beginning Friday, May 26 at 6 p.m. and it will end Tuesday, May 30 at 6 a.m.  This program is free and available to nonmembers as well.  However, AAA asks to use it as a last resort. 
“We do ask that you have a designated driver if you plan to celebrate with alcohol because of course you know remember AAA we're still rescuing our members as well during this Memorial Day holiday,”  Waiters said.
AAA will give riders a ride to anywhere with-in a 10 mile radius.  Drivers can reach the Tow to Go line at (855) 286-9246 or (855) 2-TOW-2-GO

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