AAA Says Number of Service Calls at Record High
Newer Vehicles Account for Large Percentage of “Key-Related” Issues
New cars and trucks are packing an unprecedented amount of technology between the bumpers. While these circuits and software add a new level of convenience not found in the rides of yore, they also add a new level of complication, which can result in driver frustrations. The Automobile Club of Southern California, the regional arm of the American Automobile Association (AAA) says cars and trucks less than five years old account for a higher proportion of “key related” incidents, including lockouts. The organization attributes this rise in service calls to the growing prevalence of keyless ignitions, drivers’ unfamiliarity with how they function, leaving keys inside the car, and not replacing the key fob batteries per manufacturer recommendations.
Late-model vehicles are also more likely to be called for flat tire issues, as many newer models lack a physical spare tire, instead substituting an inflator and sealer kit. Although almost all new vehicles come with a low fuel warning system, service calls for running out of fuel are also at an all-time high.
To reduce the need for unplanned roadside service calls, AAA recommends shopping for a vehicle that offers a physical spare tire (or requesting one if it’s not equipped), checking tire pressure once a month, replacing vehicle batteries every three years (and testing them annually thereafter), and replacing the key fob battery per the manufacturer’s recommendations.
The organization also recommends having an emergency kit in the vehicle consisting of a flashlight with spare batteries, a first-aid kit, drinking water, packaged snacks and food, battery jumper cables, and emergency flares or reflectors. Does AAA’s study surprise you? Have you had more issues with your newer car and truck than in years past?
Source: Automobile Club of Southern California