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AAA Washington forecasts highest level of travel on record this holiday season

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AAA expects to rescue more than 13,8000 motorists this holiday season. AAA expects to rescue more than 13,8000 motorists this holiday season.
BELLEVUE, Wash. -

AAA Washington says they're expecting to rescue more than 13,800 local motorists between Washington and Idaho this holiday season. 

Lots of drivers on the road combined with winter weather is more often than not a recipe for an increase in breakdowns. 

AAA says that their primary response for calls in cold weather include towing, lockout services, and battery replacement or boost. 

However, a large number of these situations can be avoided by checking the condition of your battery and tires before hitting the road, especially as low temperatures continue to sweep the state. 

"Most roadside breakdowns can be prevented with a little maintenance," says AAA spokesperson Jennifer Cook. "In addition to making sure your vehicle is tuned up, AAA recommends drivers pack their patience and a winter driving kit." 

Winter Driving Kit

  • Bag of abrasives such as sand, salt or cat litter for gaining traction in snow and ice
  • Snow shovel
  • Flashlight
  • Gloves
  • Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Blanket
  • Emergency flares
  • Cell phone with emergency battery charger
  • Food and water
  • First aid kit

In 2014, there were more than 5,200 collisions and 24 fatalities occurred in Washington as a result of icy, snowy, and slushy road conditions. 

With snow in the forecast, it is best to drive during daylight hours, decrease your speed, increase your following distance, and do not break or steer in the direction you want to go if you begin to skid. 

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