Motorists Who Depend On AAA To Keep Them Going Have A New Reason To Celebrate This Summer

Orlando, Fla. – 7/1/2005

For motorists planning a summer family getaway, AAA is introducing a new product that will help them stay on track and on budget. Earlier this summer, AAA announced a mobile battery service that is available in most major cities across the United States. Now, beginning this July, the nation’s largest organization for drivers adds AAA-branded batteries to its list of products and services.

“For more than a century, AAA has been a trusted name and resource for motorists. In keeping with the tradition of delivering reliable, quality roadside assistance, AAA will begin leaving its mark on the automobile batteries it replaces,” said Margaret Pittelkow, AAA’s Managing Director of Emergency Road Service. “The new AAA battery, delivered and installed by AAA’s mobile battery service, comes with a 3-year full replacement warranty and is competitively priced with other batteries in the marketplace.”

AAA handles millions of requests for help with vehicle starting problems each year. In 2005, AAA expects to replace nearly 300,000 vehicle batteries; a number that will grow as the motor club expands its existing fleet of more than 1,100 mobile battery service vehicles. The new AAA-branded battery will be offered to members that experience a battery failure incident, if necessary.

When preparing for road trips this summer, AAA encourages motorists to have their vehicles inspected by an automotive repair professional. Consumers should visit www.AAA.com to obtain a list of AAA Approved Auto Repair facilities in their area.

Here are a few tips to detect upcoming battery failure, or increase the life of your vehicle’s current battery:

The lifespan of the average vehicle battery is 3 to 4 years. Once your battery gets into this age range, have it tested prior to any long journey.

Have the charging system tested at the same time as your battery. Under or overcharging can damage the battery and may leave you stranded.

Remember to turn off the headlights and other electrical power draws when you shut off your engine. Completely discharging a battery will shorten its life.

Always replace a bad battery with a new one that has a Cold Cranking Amperage (CCA) rating equal to, or higher than, that of the original equipment battery. This rating can be found on a label affixed to lead acid batteries.

Make sure your battery’s terminals are kept clean and free of corrosion, and ensure that the battery cables are unfrayed and in good condition.

As the nation’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, AAA provides its more than 48 million members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive-related services. Since its founding in 1902, the not-for-profit, fully tax paying AAA has been a leader and advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at www.aaa.com.

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