Flat tires, dead batteries, key problems lead the reasons for call outs.
AAA says that in 2015, it responded to more breakdowns or other issues than ever before. AAA rescued 32 million American motorists last year, the group said, with the majority of those calls for help – 8.3 million – in the summer.
Modern vehicles were more likely to have issues with keys or drivers being locked out, and flat tires, AAA said. The group attributed that to the fact that many cars made within the last five years have “smart” keys instead of traditional ones, and that fewer and fewer new cars come with spare tires. And, despite distance-to-empty readouts on most modern cars, AAA said plenty of drivers still ran out of gas.
“Sleek, low profile tires are highly susceptible to damage, electronic keyless ignitions can zap battery life, and despite advanced warning systems, more than half a million drivers ran out of gas last year,” AAA managing director of Automotive Solutions Cliff Ruud said in a statement.
Moreover, because modern vehicles are harder for AAA to diagnose are repair at the side of the road, one-fifth of all service calls for 2012-2016 model-year cars required towing the car to a dealership. Plus, despite the proliferation of smart keys, AAA had to help 4 million drivers who were locked out of their car.